Friday, January 13, 2012

Literary Devices and Group Art

On Tuesday, I taught a lesson on a couple of literary devices--alliteration and onomatopoeia.  These are such big words for such fun, basic concepts. Here are some activities we did: 


Introduced the concept with a big sign with the word on it.  I had the kids try to sound out the word and asked if any knew what it meant.  When I said the word...the room erupted in giggles.  I explained that  basically onomatopoeia is just a word that is a sound- like bam, boom, moo, etc. 

Read story/stories with examples of onomatopoeia- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Max Had Two Sticks, Mortimer, Mr. Brown Can Moo.  Had kids finger clap everytime they heard an instance of onomatopoeia.

Pulled out comic books- Charlie Brown, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes.  Divide into groups and have each group find instances of onomatopoeia.  It doesn't take long to find an example. 

Onomatopoeia Bingo


Introduced topic again with a big sign.  This one was easier to sound out than onomatopoeia. Alliteration is a literary device that uses repeated sounds at the beginning of words.  Lots of tongue twisters are alliterations.   

Divided kids into groups- Gave each group a set of index cards.  I wrote out some tongue twisters- Sally sells seashells by the seashore.  They had to unscramble their tongue twister and take turns practicing it.  Each group could share their tongue twister with everyone else.

While the kids were still in groups I gave each one a letter of the alphabet with the task to write an alliteration with that letter.  Here were there results:

Monarch Max moves the moss momentarily minutes after Mark marks.

Poe pops pickled popcorn preciously in pig pens.

Sissy snapped her shorts with silly snotty snort snakes.

Some other ideas for alliteration I didn't use:

Alliteration menu- make up a 5 course meal using alliterations.  For example:  Slippery Slimey Slug Soup

Name Game- Make up a alliteration to go with your first name (Silly Sally) then try to remember everyones' new name as you go around the room.

We did this group picture at co-op last week.  For a better pic and project instructions, check out It's A Boy's Life.


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