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Hurry Spring Haikus

3rd Graders capture the new season in words

Big birds, flying fun,
Flinging crystals in the sky,
Jewels in the air.

The beauty of haiku is precise. 17 moras (syllables) in three brief lines of 5, 7, 5 moras respectively, create an image of nature at once simple and thoughtfully crafted.

Gillian Ferrington’s third graders practice this Japanese form of poetry, learning rules of syllabication while tapping into their boundless interest in nature.

Trees all withered gray.
Sprouting green new buds in Spring.
Cold roots underground.

Dragonflies will swoop
when the season of Spring comes.
Butterflies fly free.