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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 40-minute sessions|
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Following the traditional form of the haiku, students publish their own haikus using Animoto, an online web tool to produce slideshows that blend text and music.
Grades 4 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using a mobile app or Interactive activity, students write haikus describing various types of clouds that they have studied.
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
By being present and mindful on nature walks, students write haiku using vivid sensory language; and explore body movement, music and art as visual and kinesthetic representations of their poetry.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  December 21
Students brainstorm words or images that they associate with winter, select and read a picture book about winter, and compare the two using the interactive Venn Diagram.
Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 20
Families are invited to a June literacy fair to end the school year and get students on the right track for the summer.
Grades 2 – 6 | Printout | Writing Starter
This graphic organizer provides students the opportunity to brainstorm words about a given topic, count and record the syllables, and draft a haiku.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Despite common misconceptions about haiku, there is a lively and vibrant haiku community throughout the United States and many other countries. Read this article for further discussion on the use of haiku in your own classroom.