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Reading, Writing, Haiku Hiking! A Class Book of Picturesque Poems

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Reading, Writing, Haiku Hiking! A Class Book of Picturesque Poems

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Joyce Jamerson

Joyce Jamerson

Phoenix, Arizona


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis (Viking, 2002)

  • Classroom computer with projection capability

  • Computers with Internet access and word processing software

  • Writing materials (writer's notebooks, pencils, paper)

  • Publishing materials (book binding tools, scissors, glue, art supplies, stickers, die-cuts, construction paper)

  • Chart paper and markers

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Multigenre Mapper

Grades   3 – 10  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Multigenre Mapper

This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.


Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.


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1. Obtain one or more copies of the book One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis. Choose a poem from the book and write it on a large piece of chart paper. To make it easy for students to read and for demonstration purposes, write each line using a different color.

2. Collect additional haiku books, starting with the suggestions on the Haiku Booklist. Note: If your school is in an urban area, try to include copies of A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes and Stone Bench In An Empty Park by Paul Janeczko and Henri Silberman, which have adapted haiku to urban U.S. settings.

3. Make copies for each student of the Picture This! Picturesque Word Wall and Haiku Pattern Template handouts.

4. Test and bookmark the WordCentral and Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion websites on your classroom or school computers. Familiarize yourself with these websites and make sure they work properly on your computers.

5. Bookmark the online examples of haiku poetry from the website Haiku Gallery. Study the examples to familiarize yourself with the form and elements of haiku.

6. Familiarize yourself with the interactive tools Theme Poems and Multigenre Mapper and decide whether you would like students to use these tools in Session 5. If so, test and bookmark the tools on your classroom or school computers and make sure that they are working properly. (You will need to have the Flash plug-in installed.)

7. Visit the Nature Walk site for ideas about how to conduct an observation walk. If you wish to have students read this information, bookmark the site on your classroom or school computers.

8. Plan a Haiku Hike field trip for Session 2 in the area around your school, and get the necessary permission for the trip from the school administration and parents.

9. Based on your students' background and experience with poetry, choose one or more poetic devices as your focus for a discussion of poetic imagery in Session 1 (e.g., metaphor, simile, personification, and assonance). Find appropriate examples of each, preferably using poems from the Haiku Booklist.

10. Prepare a sample scrapbook page complete with a haiku poem, informational notes, stickers, simple sketches, etc. to display. If students will be using the Multigenre Mapper tool or the Theme Poems tool, use these tools in creating the sample page.

11. (Optional) Introduce students to the comprehension strategy of making connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world). You may wish to use the ReadWriteThink.org lesson "Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal."

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