I am very pleased to announce that TEACHERS FIRST.com chose my poem, “Buggy Alphabetics,” as a teaching poem on their website.
If you want to try an ABCEDARIAN–an alphabetic poem that uses the letters A-Z in proper order as the first letters of every line–start with only a few letters. As you become more comfortable with this poetic challenge, see how far you can go–alphabetically–with your lines. In a new Abcedarian I created below, I give myself a little leeway with an extra word, here and there, after the main letter word on a few lines. I also use two semi-invented words. (Can you find them?) That’s why poetry is so much fun–it’s puzzles and puns and wordplay all wrapped up in the coolest formats.
Give an ABCEDARIAN a try!
For the Festivities,
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The bugs featured on today’s blog
are courtesy of Nikki Schaefer
http://www.nikkischaefer.com/ from her illustrations for my poem
Have a fun time with your little critters and help them celebrate the arrival of spring using Eric Carle‘s book, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. This book is filled with one brilliantly colored page after another. An insatiable caterpillar literally eats his way through a week and almost everything else. In end, of course, he changes into a beautiful butterfly.
After reading the book through a time or two with your child, help him create a caterpillar puppet using a white tube sock and permanent markers. Slip a piece of construction paper or tag board inside the sock so the markings don’t go through to the other side.
To make the butterfly, use a clothes pin and tissue paper and chenille wire. Here’s a link to the San Diego Zoo’s Crafts for Kids to show you how: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/kids/craft_butterfly.html
Or your child might like to make a string of food (that the caterpillar could eat) by clipping photos from magazines or newspaper ads. Punch holes in the foods and then string them up with days-of-the-week name tags interspersed through the pictures.
Other books by Eric Carle that you can share with your child are
THE GROUCHY LADYBUG
THE MIXED UP CHAMELEON
THE VERY BUSY SPIDER
Happy reading and crafting!
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