Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry, but students in English-speaking countries usually study it during their Language Arts classes. Trying to say something meaningful with a limited number of syllables is a good exercise in word use, no matter what language is used.

Clapping to hear the syllables

Today, our junior and senior students went outside to get inspiration for writing haiku poems in English. The students wrote about many different topics, including the colours of nature, the trees, and changing of the seasons. It was challenging for some of our students to count the syllables in English words. The students learned to clap their hands as they spoke to help them “hear” the concept of syllables in English.