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Haiku Hike

April 4, 2010

 Haiku Hike Written and Illustrated by 4th grade students
                                                            St. Mary’s Catholic School
                                                            Mansfield, MA
 Who needs a camera to capture a moment when you can write haiku? Haiku Hike can be used to integrate science and language arts.
Students can put on their scientist hat and go on a field investigation and write their observations in a science journal. Then they can put on their poet hats and take another hike, this time to write haiku. We did this activity with our first graders and the science journaling and poetry written was a great success. We took parents along on both occasions, and the parents loved the activity.
Click on hike for lesson plans that include graphic organizers for writing haiku.
Click on science for field investigation templates. We will be visiting the site three times in order to record changes.
A good follow up activity for writing haiku would be to read Dogku by Andrew Clements.

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