Many of my students are familiar with Dr. Seuss books and his creation of interesting characters and words. I call my students to the circle using a bit of Seussanese; basically I call the children to me by stringing a series of rhymes together. The children immediately chime in with "that rhymes"! Once they are gathered around me, I pull out a a copy of One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish and read a page or two about some of his creatures.
Girls and boys, turn off the noise and put away all your toys. Come to the rug, my pride and joys!
I want to share a bit of the book One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish. Do you know the author? He is one of my favorites, especially because I love to rhyme. The other thing that I love about Dr. Seuss is that he makes up words. He makes them seem real because he draws pictures of the things he makes up. We call those made up words nonsense words. While I am reading, I want you to think about some of the things that are real, and some of the things he has made up and then we will list them.
Previous to the lesson, I made a chart labeled Real or Nonsense Words. We take examples from the page and sort them into the two categories. I ask the students how they know the difference between the real and made-up words and we chat about that for a few minutes.
Who can tell me about some of the words that you heard in the section of the story that I read to you? Is that a real word, or a nonsense word? So, if it is a real word, I will write it on the "real" side, but if it is a made up word, I will write it on the "nonsense" side.
Let's read through the Real or Nonsense List we have made.
Now that you have a pretty good understanding of real and nonsense words, I have a book that I have just waiting to share. It is called The Hungry Thing. If you know this story, please do not tell anyone what will happen. If is filled with rhymes like the Dr. Seuss books; many of them are nonsense words. As I get set to read, remember not to shout out when you hear a rhyme, but instead "pull it out of your mouth and put it in your brain."
I tell the class that I am going to share one of my favorite book, The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler. It is filled with made up words that rhyme just like Dr. Seuss made up rhymes. If time allows, I like to read the story through twice--once for the pure enjoyment of the story, and then a second time to search for the rhymes. Repetition builds stronger comprehension, so reading a story for the second time is helpful. With the key shifts in the Common Core, they ask for students to determine word meaning and appreciate the nuances of words. At the kindergarten level, we can do this through building an enjoyment of reading and word play, like we do with rhymes.
After the children have had a chance to enjoy the story, I draw their attention to the board where I have written four columns labeled: Shmancakes, Tickles, Feetloaf, Hookies. I have included a photo of a Hungry thing rhymes chart that a colleague used for this same story, in case that works better for you.
As we read through the story again, unlock their brains and release the rhymes that you had been storing. I would like for you to add to our lists the rhymes that the little boy uses to solve what the Hungry Thing wants to eat. Look at the headings of the lists: Schmancakes, Tickles, Feetloaf, Hookies. Who thinks that they can add something to the Schmancakes list?
Prior to this lesson, I have gone through magazines and cut out pictures of foods. Then on mailing labels, I wrote the names of the foods minus the initial consonants. The children are going to rename the foods in the style of The Hungry Thing book.
Boys and girls we are going to use our imaginations to change the names of the foods that are pictured here. Do you see how I have a picture of a hot dog? I took the first letter off of hot--what letter is that? Then I replaced it with the letter p. Next I took the first letter off of dog--what letter is that? I replaced it with two letters fr. When you read the name of this food, it is no longer a hot dog, but a "pot frog". Can you see how this would make it a nonsense name?
At your tables are pictures ready for you to transform into nonsense words. You will need to add a new beginning sound to make the word. The new word will rhyme with the old word. We can take these "new" words and make a book from them to put into our classroom library.
Before you go to your seat, however, I will say a word to you. You need to respond with a rhyming word. It does not matter if it is a real word or a nonsense word, but it must rhyme. Let's see how you do.
This way, I can check to see who understands the idea of Rhyme Supply.