Grade: Elementary
Subject: Language

#1908. Free Haiku-It's Elementary

Language, level: Elementary
Posted Sat Aug 12 10:26:37 PDT 2000 by Jacqueline C. Miller (
Churchland Academy Elementary, Portsmouth, VA
Materials Required: Paper/pencil
Activity Time: one hour
Concepts Taught: Writing

Objectives: The learner will write his/her own
Purpose: To express new experiences
To show a new feeling or sensation
To show a different view of nature or
1. A season word must be included
2. One must use three (3) lines only
3. The poem is limited to seventeen (17) syllables
4. The second (2) line must have the most syllables
5. The lines do not rhyme
6. The poem is limited to five (5) syllables
7. One must use at least one of the "focus words"

Word Bank Examples

Season Examples

Spring Winter Fall
flowers ice pumpkins
wind Jack Frost Halloween
rain Christmas hurricanes
April Fools cold yellow leaves
bunnies snow cool nights
robins Santa Claus turkey
St. Patrick's Day coats Thanksgiving

Focus Examples

Feelings Sensory Animals Situations Nature

happy bitter dog schoolbus storm
angry sweet cat classroom sky
sad rough bird suppertime earth

Haiku Examples

1. Green frog,
Is your body also
Freshly painted? Akutagawa

2. No sky
No earth - but still
Snowflakes fall. Hashin

3. Pond with ice
Summer. Greig