Grade Levels: 2 - 6
- Students learn the syllable structure and mood of haiku poems by comparing the serenity of the autumn months with the peaceful rhythms of haiku poetry.
- Samples of haiku poetry
- Fresh leaves of various shapes and sizes
- Crayons of fall colors
- Thin paper, about 8 1/2" x 11"
- Felt-tip pens
- Sounds-of-nature music to inspire and set the tone
- Discuss with students the requirements of a haiku poem a three-line poem, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables, and the third line with five syllables. A haiku often illustrates some aspect of nature or tranquility. (Note: Beginners often try to evoke too many different ideas. A good rule is to have at least two concrete images, and no more than three.)
- Discuss with students the sounds and sights of fall. They can revolve around the leaves changing color, animals preparing for winter, or any other characteristic of the season.
- Write a sample haiku with the class.
- Next have students write their own haiku on lined paper. Sounds-of-nature background music can inspire descriptive writing.
- Students should then take the leaves and randomly place them under their thin paper.
- Using a crayon, have them make back-and-forth strokes over the objects; light pressure gives the best results.
- Students then write their haiku over their leaf paper with felt-tip pens or crayons.
Create landscapes with different textures for fields, mountains, and clouds. Write a different haiku describing each part of the scene as it relates to the fall season.
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