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Haiku poems lesson: Teaching poetry to 2nd grade students

Updated on December 20, 2012
Here is an example of one of my second grader's haiku
Here is an example of one of my second grader's haiku

Haiku Lesson for 2nd graders

Haiku poems are unique 17 sylable poems that can illustrate the meaning of something or express feelings in just a few descriptive words. This type of poem is a great poem to start teaching children poetry. In the second grade students are learning how to identify syllables and how to write with meaning.

Subject: Language Arts- Reading and writing haiku poetry

Time : 45 min. this lesson may carry on into more time for some students, you may need to designate more time if needed.


Book - Dogku by Andrew Clements or another childrrens book with haikus.

Construction paper

regular writing paper



Objective:Students will develop haiku poems about their illustrations, students will practice prewriting and then write their final copies. Also students will practice with syllabication with words.

Anticipatory Set: First introduce the term Haiku, explain how all three lines are created by their amount of syllables(5,7,5). Read a book that is age appropiate that uses a haiku poem on each page. For a couple of the poems, have students clap out the number of syllables used in each line, so that they have a strategy tocheck for the right amount of syllables.

Instructional Input: Follow poem with a couple of examples of poems with either too many syllables per line or too few.

Modeling: The teacher will give an illustration on how to create an haiku

Guided Practice: Brainstorm with students, creating a list of things to write about, then together, in whole group as a class create one together. Call upon a couple of students to clap out the words to see if they have the right amount of syllables per word.

Independent Practice:Students will now create their own illustrations and poems that will later be displayed in a class book. They will first pre write on a separate piece of paper before they transfer their poem to the final page that will have their drawing at the top and the poem aat the bottom.

Assessment: Were the students able to use the correct amount of syllables per line? Did the students use their first draft to make sure their final draft was correct? Does the students' drawings illustrate the poems? Use the answer to these questions to determine if the kids achieved the objectives.

Closure: The teacher will combine all finished poems in a class book about haikus. Each student will talk about their poem and or come up andread it with the teacher. Put the book where kids can read it at their free time. Also laminate it for wearand tear.


Here are two haikus I wrote as examples.

1. Mom

She takes care of me

Words can not express her worth

She is my hero


Theres no place like it

Here should abide peace and joy

Not danger and hate

Try writing your own haiku and share with family, date, or a friend


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    • dbroomfi profile image

      Dominique Broomfield 5 years ago from Texas,USA

      It is really fun for any age!

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      whowas 5 years ago

      Thank you for this hub

      I'm glad I read it through

      I can haiku too!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Not a second grader, this lesson will also work for me.

      Loved your haiku!