Category Archives: Haiku

Hi Haiku! Nice to Meet You!!

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This week, we have been reading a story about a journey from Japan to California.   Click on our post Resources for “Grandfather’s Journey” to learn more about the story and our learning activities around it.

Our writing assignment this week is to compose an original haiku poem.  Haiku is a non-rhyming type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku poets write about everyday things.  Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences.

This week, our students will write traditional haiku.  We will then share our haiku in a class Haiku Exhibit and Competition.  We will vote for our favorite haiku poem.  Please stay tuned…

Here is Ms. Rankin’s very first Haiku:

Click here for your Haiku Template.

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Resources for “Grandfather’s Journey”

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This week, we are reading Grandfather’s Journey” in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Comprehension:  Click on Comprehension Quiz to test your understanding of the story and prepare for Friday’s Reading Test.

Vocabulary:  Click on e-Word Game to play a game while practicing this week’s vocabulary words.  Click on Flashcards to practice the vocabulary words with flashcards.  Click on Matching Game or Concentration Game or Wordsearch to play games that practice the vocabulary words.

Grammar:  Click on Subject/Predicate Practice to practice the grammar topic for this week.  Click on Subject/Predicate Video to watch a music video on subjects and predicates.

Test your ability to identify subjects and predicates with this quiz!

Writing:  Learn about haiku.  Write your own haiku on the Haiku Hero game!

“Hallowed Haiku” Poetry Exhibit

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Our 4th-grade class is honored to present its annual online poetry exhibit and competition: Hallowed Haiku.  

You are invited to read our haiku submissions and vote on your favorite haiku.  Our online poll opens on Thursday, September 29 at 7PM and closes on Monday, October 3 at 7PM.

This year’s Hallowed Haiku exhibit features original haiku from twenty-nine 4th grade poets.  The submissions are traditional haiku, consisting of three short lines.  The first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line five (5) syllables.

The starred (***) haiku submissions qualify for our online competition because they feature a simile or metaphor that helps “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind.  This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in ONLY 17 syllables over just three (3) lines of poetry!

You may read our students’ poetry submissions by clicking and downloading the hyper-linked poems below. You may vote by using our PollDaddy poll below.  We respectfully ask that you vote only once; therefore, please read the submissions carefully and choose your favorite haiku wisely.

Thank you for your participation!!  Express!  Impress!!  Press on!!!!

Hi Haiku! Nice to Meet You!!

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This week, we have been reading a story about a journey from Japan to California.   Click on our post Resources for “Grandfather’s Journey” to learn more about the story and our learning activities around it.

Our writing assignment this week is to compose an original haiku poem.  Haiku is a non-rhyming type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku poets write about everyday things.  Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences.

This week, our students will write traditional haiku.  We will then share our haiku in a class Haiku Exhibit and Competition.  We will vote for our favorite haiku poem.  Please stay tuned…

Here is Ms. Rankin’s very first Haiku:

Click here for your Haiku Template.

Express!  Press on!!

Students Compose Traditional Haiku

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Last week, our students posted several examples of original, modern haiku.  Click here to see and read their modern haiku.

This week, students will earn extra credit for composing and posting traditional haiku.  Click here to read more about traditional haiku.

Our first poet to submit a traditional haiku piece is Daisy.  Read her beautiful poem by clicking on the poem’s title.  Outstanding work, Daisy!

Beautiful Spring by Daisy

Beautiful Spring

W0w, now Marjorie has submitted two traditional haiku, using the 5-syllable, 7-syllable, 5-syllable pattern.  To read her haiku, click on the titles.

Petals, Petals by Marjorie

Singing Daisies by Marjorie

Our First Haiku Exhibit!

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Today, we had our first class Haiku Exhibit. The exhibit’s purpose is to share our first attempt at original, modern haiku.  Nineteen students submitted pieces for our Haiku Exhibit.  We selected our favorite haiku, using this Haiku Voting Form.

The winning haiku poem was composed by Joshua.

Playful Birdsby Joshua


 

You can read a few more modern haiku by clicking on the poem titles…

 
Beautiful Moon by Ivan
Buzzing Bee by Joselinn
Blue Violets by David
Reaching Trees by Juliana
Beautiful Petals by Jessica L.
Green Elms by Jessie
Beautiful Water by Ricardo
Flowers by Getsemani
Violets by Elian
Yellow Flowers by Jocelyn
Playful Birds by Joshua
Beautiful Spring by Daisy
 
 

Feel free to EXPRESS yourself by voting for your favorite Haiku and/or leaving a comment.

 
 

 
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