Haiku Library Lesson - National Poetry Month - Counting Syllables


This haiku library lesson is so much fun for National Poetry Month! Includes a two-part lesson that was designed for elementary librarians on the specials rotation. Students learn the rules for writing haiku, practice counting syllables, and have an opportunity to write their own haiku.

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Looking to have students write and publish their own haikus? Try these no-prep templates!


  • Recommended for: Grades 3-6
  • Number of pages: 63 student slides + 3 printable pages + answer key
  • Editable: Yes, all text is editable
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, and PDF
  • Recommended duration: 1-2 class periods (50 minutes total)


  • 63 student slides
  • 2 scavenger hunts, differentiated, with answer key (3 pages)
  • 1 page of poetry-themed Recommended Reads–Give to parents, students, and teachers!
  • detailed instructions for librarians and teachers
  • editable text throughout


The first 30 student slides guide you and your students through a whole class discussion.

  • Introduction to National Poetry Month
  • Introduction to haiku
  • 5 rules of haiku
  • what are syllables
  • practice counting syllables
  • word with 19 syllables and definition (can your students say it?)
  • 3 sample haikus (original and illustrated)
  • 3 prompts for group or individual haiku writing practice
  • 2 slides at end for your library checkout reminders, procedures
  • “What do we do now?” slide gives students choices of activities during checkout (I’ve pre-filled three ideas for you, but you can edit as needed)
  • every slide is illustrated with colorful clipart or photos


31 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.

  • your library agenda for the week, school announcements, reminders
  • additional poetry forms–free verse, nursery rhymes, epic poem
  • 6 poems for children (see list below)
  • world’s longest epic poem
  • 3 trivia questions with answers
  • 2 Would-You-Rathers
  • vocabulary words: free verse and prose
  • this week’s birthdays
  • weekly schedule and agenda
  • checkout reminders (you add your own!)
  • every slide is illustrated with colorful clipart or photos


All poems below are illustrated with photos or clipart. Print them out to display around the library or classroom!

  • “Wee Willie Winkie” nursery rhyme by William Miller
  • “Fog” by Carl Sandburg
  • “The Cow” by Robert Louis Stevenson (just the first stanza)
  • “The Grass” by Emily Dickinson (just the first stanza)
  • “As I Was Going to St. Ives” (anonymous)
  • “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson (just the first stanza)


Students can complete a scavenger hunt as they watch the scrolling slides!

  • Students are looking for information and objects.
  • two versions, differentiated (with and without text)
  • editable text in PowerPoint and PDF


  • separate poetry-themed “Recommended Reads” list
  • all text, including book titles, is editable
  • hand out to parents, teachers, and students
  • All titles were selected specifically for Grades 3-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades 3-6.

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