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I can write a haiku poem

For today’s task, you are going to write a haiku poem about nature. It could be about a season, an animal or a plant. Before you start you will need to know what a haiku poem is. You can read the explanation below or watch the videos at the bottom of the page. I recommend the BBC link as it shows you the best way to count syllables. This is a skill that you will need to be able to write a haiku poem.


What is a haiku poem?

"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.  The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. A syllable is a part of a word pronounced as a unit.  It is usually made up of a vowel alone or a vowel with one or more consonants.  The word "Haiku" has two syllables:  Hai-ku; the word "introduction" has four syllables:  in-tro-duc-tion. The lines rarely rhyme.


Here's a Haiku to help you remember:


I am first with five
Then seven in the middle
Five again to end.


Because Haikus are such short poems, they are usually written about things that are recognizable to the reader.  Animals and seasons are the most common types of haiku poems. 


See if you can guess the animal that the poem below is describing:


Green and speckled legs,
Hop on logs and lily pads
Splash in cool water.









Did you guess that it is about a frog?



Before you start your poem, it is a good idea to think about your subject and see if you can answer the following questions:

  • What does it look like?
  • Where does it live?
  • What does it do?


Haiku template

Useful links for haiku poetry:

Haiku: Poetry Writing For Kids // Learning From Home

We go through how to write Haiku Poems, give examples, and then you can write your own.