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Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

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Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






If publishing using paper:

  • Chart paper

  • Markers

  • Scratch paper

  • Pencils

  • Blank white or parchment paper (8x11)

  • Fine-tipped black markers

  • Construction paper (9x12 plus assorted colors in smaller pieces) or other desired art materials for illustrations

If publishing using tablets:

  • Tablets with the Haiku Poem App installed

  • Computer with LCD projector

  • Adaptor to connect tablets to the computer

  • Optional printer to print haikus from the app

If publishing using computers:

  • Computers with Internet access to access the Haiku Interactive Tool

  • Computer with LCD projector

  • Optional printer to print haikus

A book of haiku for reading aloud:

  • The Essential Haiku by Robert Hass (The Echo Press, 1994)

  • The Haiku Anthology by Cor Van Den Heuvel (Touchstone, 1986)

  • Other possible books are listed on the printout Suggested Books for Haikus

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Haiku Poem Interactive

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Haiku Poem Interactive

Students can learn about and write haiku using this interactive that guides them through the writing process.


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Haiku Poem App

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Haiku Poem App

Students can learn about and write haiku using this app that guides them through the writing process.


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  • Select several haiku to read aloud. Make sure the poems that you choose use the 5-7-5 pattern.

  • Transcribe two or three onto chart paper for student reference and syllabication review.

  • If you're completing the variation, test the Fridge Magnets interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.  Alternately, use the ReadWriteThink interactive Word Mover.

  • If you are using tablets, install the Haiku Poem App and familiarize yourself with the app.

  • If you are using the Haiku Student Interactive, check that it will work on the computers the students will use. You can get help at the technical support page. Familiarize yourself with the student interactive.

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