"At the new insect zoo, bugs were scribbling haiku. The scorpion gave each a stinging review." Wild About Books Copyright 2004 Marc Brown and Judy Sierra
Read all four bug haiku in Judy Sierra's Wild About Books. The giant hissing cockroach knows the traditional haiku form,
a line of five syllables (beats), then a line of seven syllables (beats), then line of five syllables (beats).
Sadly, he only knows one word--hiss! Can you revise his haiku using human language? Try writing human words for one, two, or all of the lines. Visit the hissing cockroaches at an insect zoo, or at a store that sells exotic pets, or watch a video from the Bronx Zoo.
write a bug haiku in ten steps
Video writing prompt: butterfly haiku
group haiku surprise
With a friend or two, write a group haiku—maybe about a bug or a bird or a butterfly. If you don't have a bug or a bird or a butterfly nearby, watch a video.
Fold two or three sheets of paper in thirds, top to bottom. Each person writes a five syllable line at the top then folds that part of the paper to the inside. Pass the sheet along. Each person writes a seven syllable line on the middle section of the paper. Pass the sheet along. Each person writes a five syllable line at the bottom of the paper. Open and read aloud. These may be silly, or they may weird, or they may be great. In any case, they should have potential. Combine and revise the lines into fabulous haikus.
Haiku books and web sources for kids
Clements, Andrew. Dogku. Atheneum, 2007.
Donegan, Patricia. Haiku: Learn to Express Yourself by Writing Poetry in the Japanese Tradition (Asian Arts and Crafts For Creative Kids). Tuttle Publishing, 2003.