haiku1A Haiku is a Japanese poem which can also be known as a Hokku. A Haiku poem is similar to a Tanka but has fewer lines. A Haiku is a type of poetry that can be written on many themes, from love to nature.




Lesson Plan
Haiku is a tool to teach a child about syllables and poetry. A child should know rudiments of poetry as you attempt Haiku. Although Haiku has Japanese origins, its concepts readily apply to english (or other languages) with syllables. The creative and challenging aspects of Haiku is to construct ideas or stories that fit into 3 lines.

  • Read about Haiku here
  • Discuss the 5, 7, 5 syllables that form the 3 lines of the poem
  • Practice reading some existing Haiku poems
  • Think up some topics to write about
  • Practice writing a poem

Haiku is often written about nature, beauty and happy thoughts. You can consider bringing your child to a park, or an inspiring location to practice Haiku.

Estimated Lesson Time

  • 30mins


  • Paper & Pencil
  • Sample Haiku poems

Prior Learning

  • Lesson Plan: Syllables

Next Lessons

  • Lesson Plan: Riddles
  • Lesson Plan: Ballads
  • Lesson Plan: Poetry
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