January’s poem of the month is a winter haiku. Haikus are poems that have a total of 17 syllables – 5 in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line. They are really good to do with kids because they help with practice finding syllables in words as well as solving a math puzzle in order to make the lines have the correct number of syllables. When I do them for January, the kids must write about winter topics. Traditionally haikus are supposed to be about nature, but our winter haikus have covered everything from cold and snow to snowmen to hot chocolate. Here is one about snowmen by a third grader:
I like snowmen lots.
Snowmen are like snow people.
Snowmen are so fun.
After copying their final copies onto light blue construction paper, I had kids decorate them with white construction paper snow and winter stickers before displaying them on our poem of the month bulletin board.