Vacation may be over, but summer is still so alive! Typically, I love to get our classroom walls and hallways full of bright and creative projects within the first two weeks of school. However, this year many schools are implementing a hybrid model of learning. A few days in school, and all other days remote. Thus, classroom and hallway decorating may not be an option. No matter what model your school is testing out this year, this activity is a fun and easy one!
As you’re getting to know your students, it’s always important to share a little about yourself. This alliteration activity blends two of my top passions, my love of words and my favorite thing on the planet – a cone of delicious ice cream. This is officially a Vocabulicious activity.
The poem Bleezer’s Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky is the perfect way to introduce alliterations and have a smile on everyone’s face instantly. In this poem, Bleezer, the ice cream shop owner, shares all of the flavors they sell. Prelutsky crafts the perfect poem of playful words and creative combinations.
First, introduce the concept of alliteration to your students. You could talk through it using this free digital poster, or share this 5 minute video, which teaches the concept and provides examples of alliterations that we see everyday, such as: Coca Cola, Dunkin Donuts and Best Buy. Alliterations don’t only add catchy lines to your writing, but they can also provide imagery for the reader.
Next, share the poem! I would suggest reading/listening all the way through the very first time. Then, explain that we are going to be compiling our very own dream ice cream cone using whimsical words and creative flavors.
Lastly, play the poem a second time and pause every few flavors to discuss which phrases are alliterations. Along the way, students can jot down some creative words they want to add to their cone. Suggest that students can use some of Prelutsky’s terminology, but not his exact word combinations. The whole point of the activity is to scoop yourself an original cone to enjoy! I recommend requiring at least 2 of the 5 flavors on the cone to be alliterations.
If you’re in-person with students, here is a printable ice cream cone outline to write on and decorate. If students are remote, or it’s easier to keep this activity digital, have students make a copy of the same slide deck and they can add text and colors to personalize their cone!
In the end, make sure to have each student share at least two of the flavors they crafted today.
I hope this is an easy way to celebrate fun wordsmith-ing and dream about Vocabulicious ice cream flavors! Please share your favorite Vocabulicious flavors in the comments below!