Lesson Plan

Earth Day + Twitter = Twaikus

Students will explore the history of Earth Day, learn about natural resources, and write an Earth Day inspired haiku to post on Twitter
Jim V.
Classroom teacher
Marshall Elementary School
Wexford, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science

Students will be able to...

  • explore ways natural resources are used, and explain  the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • understand the meaning of haiku poetry and write a haiku relating to Earth Day
  • post a Twaiku on Twitter and attach a picture relating to their poem
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 5
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Student Notes


Introduce students to the history of Earth Day using the videos.

Generate discussions about how the Earth has changed over the years.  Research your local area and discuss changes (good or bad) that have occurred over the years.

Afterwards, have students play the Virtual Forest Challenge game.  Students are forced to think about their daily decisions and how it affects the world around them.   http://www.scholastic.com/growgreen/virtualforest/  


Use the following Nearpod link to teach students about natural resources and renewal/nonrenewable resources.  Be sure to continue your class discussions around Earth Day. https://app.nearpod.com/presentation?pin=1C526B7507B6F87B175B714E2A4AB2B1-0 

Afterwards, have students think about their impact on the world around them.  Do they affect the world around them?  If so, then how?  Encourage students to think about their classes's impact.  What about all of the people in the world?   Do we have a positive or negative affect on the Earth?   After discussing these points, show the students the Population Education video (https://www.populationeducation.org/content/world-population-video).  This video shows the growth of the world's population.  Here is a break down of the video http://worldpopulationhistory.org/map/1/mercator/1/0/25/


Use BrainPOP to introduce students to poetry.  Stop the video to discuss the terms and provides examples along the way. https://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/poetry/

Afterwards, use the Prezi (YouTube video) to introduce Haiku to students.  Go online to research other examples to show students the traditional 5-7-5 syllable style of Haikus.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qP-kx19zgw  Encourage students to stick to the traditional 5-7-5 style when writing their Earth Day Haiku.

Use the following resource as an organizer for students to start to generate ideas and write their rough draft haiku.  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/printouts/30697_haiku.pdf  Be sure to follow the writing process and use peer editing when writing the haikus.


Continue to follow the writing process.  If students would like to use an app to write their haiku, have students explore this app: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/mobile-apps/haiku-poem-31073.html.  This app will reinforce the concept of haiku, allow students to type a haiku, and then have students publish their haiku with various features.  Students can also write their haiku on lined paper if they prefer.


Once students have complete their haikus, open up a teacher Twitter account (or students if school allows).  When logged in, have students type their haiku and attach a picture relating to their poem.  If a student's haiku is longer than 140 characters, assist them in using shortened words to complete their Twaiku.  

Be  sure to share on popular hashtags and share with family and peers!

For early finishers or for homework, encourage students to read more about Earth day using the following link: http://www.readworks.org/earth-day-reading-passages