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Reading Animalia by Graaeme Base is a great way to begin. Even though it is a picture book, it can be used for older elementary students because of the sophisticated writing and colorful illustrations.

It drives home the meaning of alliteration quickly. Make sure, as you are reading, that you allow students to savor the elaborate words used to form the alliteration in each sentence, phrase or description. Also point out that occasionally it is necessary to use small words that begin with a different letter to have the writing make sense. For example:"Great green gorillas growing grapes in a gorgeous glass greenhouse. Write each of the following sentence starters on individual slips of paper.

Depending on the number of students you have, you may need to add more of your own or take some of the harder ones out. Place the slips of paper in a basket and have each student choose one.

Each student should complete the sentence continuing the alliteration. Remind them that small words such as: and, in, the, an, and a can be used. Do some examples together before they begin. Students may use a dictionary or thesaurus.

Depending on the grade level you may need to demonstrate the use of the thesaurus. Samples: Cute critters cried at the curious creatures. Bald baboons bit buttered biscuits. Terrified triplets tried training tarantulas. Again use sample pages from Animalia for a reference. Notice that each page is covered with the illustration and the accompanying sentence,description or phrase has been written with fancy letters within the illustration. Encourage this kind of work from your students. They may not be artists but they can be neat, fill the page with color and try to illustrate what they have said in the sentence.

The green gorilla gave a grouchy greeting: Other Offerings Here are some other ideas for incorporating alliteration activities into your lessons: 1. Students can write an alliteration using the beginning letter of either their first or last name.

When the assignment calls for writing sentences using spelling words or reading vocabulary, have the students add some alliteration to the sentence. It does not have to be the entire sentence but perhaps two words within the sentence. Students and teacher sit in a circle. Teacher calls out a noun and go around the circle thinking of a word to go with it that demonstrates alliteration. Students could answer with adjectives: clever, curious, cautious, cranky, careless, cuddly,courageous,calico, or verbs: cried,cuddled,climbed,crouched,cowered,cradled,clawed.

A resulting sentence could be: The curious cat clawed the clothes in the laundry basket. Spice Up the Sentence The main lesson in these alliteration activities may seem a little outrageous for everyday writing but it serves a purpose. In a fun way your students will learn about alliteration and how it can spice up their writing. It will encourage them to add colorful words to their sentences. Take the time to point out and praise usage of this technique in the work they do.

Their scintillating sentences will liven up the time you spend reading their work,too! Post navigation.


Alliteration Activities With Animalia & Other Ideas

And really, the sheer amount of objects playing hide and seek within the illustrations is rather majorly daunting to say the least, especially since one is not even sure exactly how many hidden images there are in each section, in each given picture spread which is why I most certainly would really have appreciated and actually required a list of hidden objects included, either at the back of the book, with corresponding page numbers, or preferably, underneath each of the illustrations. Now I do believe and even realise that Animalia has a lot of what I would label "kid appeal" but for someone like me, with less than stellar eyesight, the sheer masses of hidden objects can easily prove to be a bit massively overwhelming at best. But that being said and even though I have only rated Animalia with a high two star ranking , aside from the book teaching and practicing the alphabet, alliteration, rhyming and the like, the hidden images might also be a useful tool for working on pattern recognition with children as well as adults who have focusing and visual tracking issues the latter factoid being yet another reason why a list of the specific hidden objects to be located in Animalia would have been a welcome and much useful addition.


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