Words are ALIVE
Students will be able to add drawings or other visual displays to textual descriptions.
- Ask the class if they know any nursery rhymes.
- Explain that a nursery rhyme is 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 recognize 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."
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(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.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(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.
Independent Working Time(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.
- 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.
Review and Closing(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.