Effie – Activity #4: "Insects in the Grass with Haikus"
Activity 4: “Insects in the Grass with Haikus”
This activity combines creative elements of the story with a Language Arts lesson about nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
Creatures in the Grass
8 ½” x 11” drawing paper
9” x 12” black construction paper
Coloured construction paper
Pompoms of various colours
Google eyes of various sizes
Insect Images (provided)
Thick black felt pen
Blue disk paint
Print enough insect images pages for each student.
Step by Step:
Step One: Have students draw a 1” border around the drawing paper using a black felt pen.
Step Two: With the same pen, draw long and wide tufts of grass starting at the bottom of the drawing paper (but inside the border).
Step Three: Using oil pastels, colour (pressing firmly) the tufts of grass.
Step Four: Using light blue paint, brush or complete a colour wash over the grass and the entire page (within the border).
Step Five: Provide the students with the Insect Images page to help them visualize a variety of insects so they can choose which they will create.
Step Six: Using various colours of construction paper (or 3-D elements, such as felt and/or coloured pompoms of varying sizes) students design and create one or two insects (butterflies, lady bugs, caterpillars, etc.) to adhere to their grassy scene.
Step Seven: Have the students decorate their insect(s) with colours, google eyes, etc.
Step Eight: Glue the insect onto the grassy scene.
Haiku Format (provided)
Print and enlarge the Haiku Format
Step by Step:
Step One: Introduce HAIKU, a three-line poem derived from Japan about nature:
Haiku poetry is a short 17 syllable form
Written in three lines with a specific number of syllables per line
5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the second line, and 5 syllables on the third line
The words and phrases in Haiku do not rhyme.
Step Two: Review what a syllable is, by looking at a variety of examples of Haiku poems.
Step Three: Use the provided Haiku format to demonstrate.
Step Four: Review more examples:
A butterfly floats
Through the summer air with ease,
A colourful sight.
A misty morning
A creature moves through the grass
Enjoying the day.
Bursting in bright hues
Splashing colours all around
Autumn leaves must fall.
Moving through the grass
Black bugs are singing loudly
Nature is alive.
Step Five: Have students write a Haiku poem about their scene of insects in the grass. (Poem can be typed and printed out on the computer, or simply done by hand).
Step Six: Help the students identify the nouns (subject word), the verbs (action word), and the adjectives (describing word) in their poems.
A colour wash picture of tall grass, with a variety of creatures mounted on the grass accompanied by student-written Haiku poems.
Put all the grassy scenes together running along the bottom of a bulletin board. Have the Haiku poems displayed on the artwork itself.
*Adapted from The Best of the Mailbox Theme Series (Insects-Primary)