The Otters learned about rhythm in poems and how to count syllables in words. We read several earth day haiku poems and learned about the specific format that haiku poems are written in. As a class we brainstormed a list of things that we think of when we hear the word "earth." Using that list of words, we created a class haiku. Then the Otters got in small groups to write their own haiku poems. At the end of writer's workshop, we gathered as a group to share our poems.