July 22, 2015
By Cortney Nagler

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Words are ALIVE

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Students will be able to add drawings or other visual displays to textual descriptions.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask the class if they know any nursery rhymes.
  • Explain that a Nursery rhymeIs a short, rhyming story that is usually sung rather than read.
  • Give your own examples of nursery rhymes, and ask students to raise their hands whenever they recognise something you say. Some familiar rhymes you can mention are: "Hey Diddle Diddle," "Humpty Dumpty," "I'm a Little Teapot," and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
(20 minutes)
  • Play a nursery rhyme video, e.g. I'm a Little Teapot, 2-3 times. Encourage students to sing along.
  • Distribute sheets of white paper and boxes of colored pencils to the class.
  • Ask each student to draw an illustration that goes with the nursery rhyme you just played.
(15 minutes)
  • Make copies of the Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Sally Sells Seashells worksheets available for students to work on once they complete their illustration activity.
  • Students may complete one or both of the worksheets, depending on how much time they spend on their illustrations beforehand.
(15 minutes)
  • Give students about five minutes to share their illustrations with one another.
  • Ask students to use the backs of their worksheets to create matching illustrations for the rhymes.
  • Enrichment:Assign the Fuzzy Wuzzy worksheet as an additional challenge for advanced students. Have them make their illustrations for this worksheet as detailed as possible, with a fur-free texture and a cold or confused expression for Fuzzy Wuzzy.
  • Support:Work one-on-one with struggling students. Ask them questions like: What is the nursery rhyme about?To guide them towards visualizing the nursery rhymes.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect students' illustrations and worksheets at the end of the exercise. Review them later to gauge how well they understood the meaning of each nursery rhyme.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask for volunteers to share things that they learned about nursery rhymes today.
  • Allow students to come up to the front of the room and show their illustrations to the rest of the class.
  • Review the definition of a nursery rhyme.

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