St. Patrick's Day Haiku Activity

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Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Identifying poetry in literature is an important third grade skill to master. One of the oldest forms of poetry is the haiku (pronounced HI-COO). Encourage your little writer to flex his poetry muscles and come up with a haiku of his own! His 17-syllable poem will focus on Saint Patrick's Day, the annual feast day celebrating the most widely recognized patron saint of Ireland.

What You Need:

  • Lined paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

What You Do:

  1. With your child, discuss the concept of a haiku: a form of poetry originating in Japanese culture. It is made up of three lines: the first line contains five syllables, the second line contains seven syllables, and third line contains five syllables. A haiku poem does not rhyme. The challenge of a haiku poem is to take something simple and make an image of it in the reader's mind. For example:

A Cloud

Soft billowy ball
Traveling through the blue sky
floating silently.
  1. Have your child practice writing a haiku by filling in the blank line in the following poem:

A Mountain

A tall majestic
(Fill in this blank with 7 syllables)
Sits still quietly
  1. Have your child take a piece of lined paper and write down several words that he associates with Saint Patrick's Day. For example: green, leprechaun, shamrock, paddy, Ireland, etc.
  2. Ask your child to choose one of the words to describe in detail. The word he chooses will be used as the focus for the haiku poem.
  3. Encourage your child to write as many descriptive words or adjectives as possible for the word he chose. For example, shamrock: green, clover, plant, Irish, etc.
  4. Then, using a new sheet of lined paper help your child arrange these descriptive words into a fun haiku poem. Make sure he gives the poem a title. For example:


It's green and leafy
A symbol of the Irish
Sometimes it's lucky
  1. Finally, have your child cut out the poem and paste it onto a sheet of red construction paper. Have him decorate it with markers, confetti, sparkles, leaves, etc.