Note: this activity is associated with the lesson on exploring ecosystems.

Flamingo Haiku - Student sample

Flamingo Haiku – Student sample

Haiku poems

Purpose:  To understand haikus and how to construct them.

Materials:  Recycled paper, pencil, colored pencils, crayons, marker, watercolor paper, watercolors, and water cups.

Common Core Standards:

English Language Arts Standards:

Reading: Literature:

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5 (third) Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

CCSS.ELA-ELA-Literacy.RL.4.5 (fourth) Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELS-Literacy.RL.5.7 (fifth) Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Reading: Foundational Skills:


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.4b (third), 4.4b (fourth), and 5.5b (fifth) Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.


Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10 (third), 4.10 (fourth), and 5.10 (fifth) Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

Understandings about the Nature of Science:

Science is a human endeavor:

Science affects everyday life; Creativity and imagination are important to science. Acorn Woodpecker student example

Acorn Woodpecker student example

Procedure:  (Discuss haiku poems)

  • Discuss the structure of haiku poems with students (first line has 5 syllable; second line has 7 syllables; and the third line has 5 syllables).  Provide examples, such as:

Ocean Haiku Poem                                                               Rainforest Haiku Poem

Blue, salty water                                                                     Trees, five stories high

Important ecosystem                                                              High biodiversity

All life depends on                                                                  A bounty of life!

  • Have students practice haiku poems with you and with each other. 
  • Encourage students to choose an ecosystem of interest to them when constructing their haiku.  Note:  If students choose to paint, cut a piece of watercolor paint and paste on metaphor writing activity below (pdf)  
  • Students can share their work with their classmates and parents.  These can also be showcased in the classroom (see below). 
  • Students can fill in the type of ecosystem in the title of their haiku poem (see pdf).

______________ Haiku Poem  




Written by _______________________________

Completed Student Examples 

5th Grade :

Haiku Poem Wetlands Wonder Flowing Water

Haiku Poem Wetlands Western Pond Turtles

Haiku Poem Wetlands Water Nature Freedom

Haiku Poem Wetland Towhee Bird 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Spotted Leopard Sharks

Haiku Poem Protect Our Wetlands

Haiku Poem Wetlands Pink Flamingo

Haiku Poem Wetlands Pallidbatsarecool

Haiku Poem Wetlands Nature Is Cool

Haiku Poem Wetlands King Snakes

Haiku Poem Wetlands Harrier Hawk

Haiku Poem Wetlands Habitat For Squirrels 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Habitat For Plants

Haiku Poem Wetlands Great Blue Heron

Haiku Poem Wetlands Gopher Snakes

Haiku Poem Wetlands Garter Snakes

Haiku Poem Wetlands Fabulous Wetlands

Haiku Poem Wetlands California newt 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Brush Rabbit

Haiku Poem Wetlands Be Responsible 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Beautiful Flowers 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Awesome Cardinals 

Haiku Poem Wetlands Awesome Animals

Haiku Poem Wetlands Amazing Wetlands

Haiku Poem Wetlands Amazing Flowers

Haiku Poem Wetlands Acorn Woodpecker