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Haiku Riddles

using just seventeen syllables to create a riddle for your reader

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Student Samples: Early Elementary

I like to eat fish.
My mouth stays open, then I SNAP!
I live in a swamp.

by Zack, first grade writer

(answer: crocodile snapping turtle)

I have very long ears.
I have a light shade of gray.
I can bounce very high.

by Maddie, first grade writer

(answer: rabbit)

I am hungry for blood.
I catch them with my special rope.
I come out at night.

by Ashley, third grade writer

(answer: spider)

I live in a tree.
I can spin my head around.
I am nocturnal

by Susie, third grade writer

(answer: owl)

Student Samples: Upper Elementary

Insects are my lunch.
Some of us are poisonous.
I live in a pond.

by Joey, fourth grade writer

(answer: frog)

I drink from flowers.
I fly around in one spot.
I am colorful.

by Shannon, fourth grade writer

(answer: hummingbird)

I like to be mean.
I like to fight other dogs.
I like to chase cats.

by Brandon, fourth grade writer

(answer: a pitbull)

He likes to eat cheese.
He has a long tail and crawls.
My animal squeaks.

by Gianna, fourth grade writer

(answer: a mouse)

Jungle is my home.
I have a mane and sharp claws.
I am mean and loud.

by Alex, fourth grade writer

(answer: a lion)

I sleep in my bed.
I like to play with a ball.
I like to chase cats.

by Maty, fifth grade writer

(answer: a puppy)

Black and brown feathers
I run fast though the desert
You cannot catch me.

by Brendan, fifth grade writer

(answer: a roadrunner)

Furry paws with claws.
Sharp teeth, good hearing, long
Howling in the night.

by Mikey, fifth grade writer

(answer: a wolf)

A stealth warrior,
in the darkness of the night preparing the pounce.

by Joseph, sixth grade writer

(answer: black panther)

Flying gracefully
Through the night air he glides down,
Lands high on his perch.

by Jackson, sixth grade writer

(answer: owl)


Student Samples: Middle School

Seventy percent wolf,
An iditorad dog,
A canine racer.

by Katie, seventh grade writer

(answer: Siberian Husky)

I am beautiful.
I glide across the water
So graceful I am. 

by Olivia, eighth grade writer

(answer: swan)

Cluck, cluck, cluck I go,
Waking the farmers early,
Hoping to be fed.

by Karolyn, eighth grade writer

(answer: rooster)


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