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Christmas Haiku

Christmas Haiku

Students learn to count syllables and write a Christmas haiku poem using Christmas vocabulary.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Christmas

Time:  40 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.

Procedure

1

Give each student a copy of the Handout.

2

Read the explanation of a haiku on the handout.


A haiku poem has three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables (5 – 7 – 5).

3

Count the syllables of each word in the example haiku. Ask students to clap with each syllable. Draw a chart on the board like the one on the Handout, and write each word on the chart.

4

Ask students to try Exercise 1 with a partner. Their task is to count the number of syllables of the words in the poems, and write the words in the chart.

5

Elicit answers from the class, and write each word on the chart on the board.

6

Ask students to try Exercise 2 with a partner. Their task is to try to think of more Christmas vocabulary words.

7

Again, elicit words from the students and write them on the chart on the board.

8

Ask students to try Exercise 3 with a partner. Their task is to make their own Christmas Haiku.

Extended Practice

Ask students to present their haikus to the class, and vote for the best ones.

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