Fun With Words – 4th Grade Class Visit

I did this class visit a while back, but I thought I would add it to the blog just to remind me what I did.  I always have trouble thinking I what to do for the older grades, but for this one I thought it would be fun to have fun with words.  Originally I was thinking about including something about where words have come from (my linguistic undergrad roots are showing…), but it morphed into this presentation.

BOOK:

13 Words by Lemony Snicket illustrated by Maira Kalman

BOOK:

Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds by Linda Sue Park and Julia Durango. Illustrated by Sue Rama

We started this one off with a discussion of what different languages everyone in the room spoke.  Then we played it as a guessing game to see what all these words translated to in English.

ACTIVITY:

Happily Ever After Mad Libs by Roger Price & Leonard Stern.

We played Mad Libs for a few rounds.  I gave kids the option of watching a short movie, but they voted on playing more madlibs.  To extend the life of my Mad Libs, I actually made copies of the pages and filled in the copies as we played.  Then I gave those to the teacher so she could take their stories home.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  
Book: Mung-Mung: A Foldout Book of Animal Sounds by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Diane Bigda
Book: I Scream Ice Cream: A Book of Wordles by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Serge Bloch
DVD: “Max’s Words” from Pete’s A Pizza .. and more great kid stories

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