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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






  • 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

  • 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)

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Seasonal Haiku Reproducibles

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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.

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