Reflection: Intervention and Extension Limericks and Connections - Section 2: Lesson


The dirty truth:

This lesson about killed me. 

I thought I was doing something cute; I thought we could put on Celtic music while we wrote our Limericks. Heck, I probably would have let the kids eat St. Patrick's-themed candy because I was in such a good mood and I was sure the lesson would be fun!

I didn't bank on the fact that a majority of my kids didn't understand the concept of syllables. I literally stood in the front of the classroom and clapped out words, then I had to go to each student and clap out words because they were still, in their Limericks, using the number of words, rather than syllables.

Then, we hit the rhyming issues. My collaborative/special needs class had a really tough time with the rhyming. One child even asked me if "cat" and "dog" rhymed. I'm serious! I know there are a lot of deficiencies in that class, but I assumed they could all rhyme.

Our district-wide curriculum doesn't call for the explicit teaching of poetry at all. We teach through poems to teach other concepts, and I'm wondering if this is a result of that gap. 

Does anyone else have a similar experience with rhyming and syllables?

  Do they not teach rhyming in Kindergarten?????
  Intervention and Extension: Do they not teach rhyming in Kindergarten?????
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Limericks and Connections

Unit 13: Changes in Self-Perception: Part 2
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT: create a Limerick connected to The Fourth Stall.

Big Idea: It's always a good idea to acknowledge holidays in the classroom. This lesson connects to St. Patrick's Day without missing a beat in the Unit.

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English / Language Arts, syllable pattern, Poetry, rhyme scheme (Poetry), Writing, Writing Process, The Fourth Stall, Limerick, St. Patricks Day, Connections, holiday
  55 minutes
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