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Classroom Challenge: Reinforcing SEL Lessons with Haiku

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Grades K-8

Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month, we’ve created this classroom activity that you can use year-round to help reinforce the SEL skills students learn every day. Encourage your students to get creative and explore the rhythm of writing haiku!

Download and Print

Inspire young learners (and yourselves) by displaying these SEL haiku in your classroom and around your school!



Ask students to write a haiku about the skills they’ve learned from their Second Step lessons or about a topic of your choice.

Grades K-5

Using your Following Through Cards and Unit Cards for inspiration, guide students to choose and write a haiku about a skill that interests them.

Middle School

Find inspiration for this challenge from topics either in the Unit you’re teaching this week or from your Program Themes.

Haiku Form

Remember a haiku is a sentence or phrase structured in three parts, 5–7–5

  • Five syllables
  • Seven syllables
  • Five syllables

Share with Us!

Share your students’ haikus with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Like this activity?

We’re adding more K-8 classroom activities to our Free Activities page all the time. They’re easy to find—just visit for grade-specific, K-8 classroom activities that align with our Second Step Suite.

Learn more about social-emotional learningresearch on the topic, and how it benefits students in the classroom, at home, and in their lives.