Haiku Poems

On Friday, we published our haiku poems that we wrote about camp.

Haiku poems are only 3 lines long and each line follows a set structure. See if you can figure it out using Miss Fraser’s haiku below.

Just five syllables
The second line has seven
Last line has five too

What is the pattern?

Here are some of our published pieces. We had to follow specific rules to publish our poems on Microsoft Word. It had to include:

  • A picture taken at camp
  • A 2×1 table with the first cell measuring 18cm
  • Lines of haiku poems could not go over 1 line (even when changing font and font size)

How did we do?

** Additional Information by Jo **

Our class wrote a haiku on camp 2013, but if they didn’t go to camp they wrote about what they did instead of going to camp.

We had lots of fun and enjoyed learning about haiku poems. We learnt that haiku poems are Japanese and in each haiku there is a pattern of syllables. The pattern goes like this 5, 7, 5.

Some people wrote about the food and others there cabin. Some wrote about the people that they met or the activities we did like horse riding and the water slide.

On the 17 of May 2013 we published our Haikus. We were told how to set up the grid and add a photo to the final piece.

 First we had to open a word document, not so hard, right? Then we had to rotate the page to landscape, some people found this challenging and asked for help a lot of times. After we did that we had to insert a grid 2 x 1. Then we had to drag the line in the centre to 18 so that the first side was bigger than the second so that way we could fit a pitcher in the bigger box and our haiku in the smaller one.

Everyone finished the haiku publishing and it was a lot of fun!

Have you ever written a poem before? Have you ever tried writing a haiku?

Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives – Oh my!

Today we played some games to help revise our knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We know that nouns are naming words (people, places and things), verbs are doing words and adjectives are describing words.

We played Grammar Ninja, where we had to throw Ninja Stars at the part of the sentence that it asked for. Can you find the nouns?

Then we played Grammar Gorilla’s where we had to also select the nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences.

The last game we played, we had to fill in the blanks with adjectives to complete a story. We made the funniest stories we could but they had to make sense.

 What did you learn about nouns, verbs and adjectives? Why are they important? What is the most interesting noun/verb/adjective you have come across? 

CAFE’ Strategy: Tuning In To Interesting Words

On Frole Island, we use CAFE’ strategies to help us with our reading. Miss Fraser & Caroline conference with us regularly and we set goals for our reading using the CAFE’ menu.

CAFE’ was created by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser as an assessment tool. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary. You can read more about it here.

We have just learnt how to tune in to interesting words as part of expanding our vocabulary. While we were independently reading during our High Five session, (our adapted version of the Daily 5 – also created by ‘The Sisters’ Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) we wrote down interesting words we came across. Tuning in to interesting words helps us expand our vocabulary during speaking and writing – which makes our writing much more interesting!

Here is Miss Fraser’s Word Cloud of interesting words in our class novel ‘Maniac Magee.’

What interesting words have you found during reading?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

What is the most interesting word you have come across? Do you know the meaning of these words?