1. Read the haiku "Beaches" and complete the following movements for each line:
Line 1: Walk slowly while pretending to "scatter" sand from hands.
Line 2: Use arms to imitate waves crashing.
Line 3: Spread arms from the front to the side while "shimmering" hands.
2. Read the poem again, asking students to imitate movements. After completing this several times, ask the students, "How did I make these movements up?" After discussion, the students should understand the teacher was prompted by the words in the haiku when developing the movements. The term "choreography" can be introduced to students: Choreography is when we make up a sequence of movements.
3. Read another haiku to students, such as the "What am I?" haiku found on this website: KidZone Poetry-Haiku. After reading the poem, ask the students which words in the poem could suggest a movement. With assistance from the teacher, the students should develop other movement ideas, such as shaking their legs during the line, "Green and speckled legs". Discuss with the students that because the poem used the word legs, a leg movement would express the words in the haiku.
4. Lastly, divide students into small groups of two to three students each. Assign each group of students a haiku (additional haikus can be found on this website: KidZone Poetry-Haiku). The teacher should require each group to create at least three locomotor or non-locomotor movements (one per line of the poem) that correspond to the words in the haiku. After students develop the movements, they should explain how their movements expressed the words or phrases in the poem.