I did these in a Grade 5 classroom. The teacher wanted me to complete the lesson on writing Haiku, plus she also wished for us to discuss Earth Day and combine the two…
The students enjoyed putting their finished poems up for all to see, plus it gave them motivation to do a great job. After I showed them the pattern, and we made a couple all together, they were off, some of them creating 2 or 3 in the short time we actually had to work. They worked on the pictures during their own nutrition break time.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any of their poems or our whole-class creations, but here are some of my attempts…
We care about Earth
We will write poems for HOPE
Others will care, too. S. O. S.
Planet near to death
but (Maybe) it’s not too late.
As ONE, we rally.
And then we want seven more
And five once again
** Alternatively, as an introduction to Haiku (for a class that is not familiar), I think I would show them about three Haiku Poems and have the students working in small groups to figure out the Rules for Haiku.