A middle primary literacy resource, which relates to the following learning areas: repetition of initial consonants; long vowel sounds; rhythm (links with poetic structure; comprehension; and music); creative writing; comprehension, and biology (links with inquiry / research and computing skills).
These are discussed in more detail below.
Repetition of Initial Consonants: Alliteration poems are good reading practice, because students can focus on the repeated initial sounds and also the rhythm, as well as content. Hearing and orally reading alliteration poems helps to develop phonemic awareness, and can assist with consonant pronunciation.
Long Vowel Sounds: Each of the poems in this set also includes repetition of long vowel sounds. In some cases, the spelling of the sound differs, and it is a useful exercise for some students to find and highlight the spelling of the long vowel sounds (e.g., ‘ey’ in prey; ‘ay’ in ‘away’; ‘a’ in race).
Rhythm (links with Poetic Structure; Comprehension; and Music): Encourage students to clap the rhythm of poems as they read them aloud. This helps students to develop an appreciation for poetic structure, and to concentrate on the accent / stress of the syllables. Literacy research shows that listening to the rhythm in poetry and clapping the words out, can also improve comprehension skills. Students could also be provided with beat-keeping instruments such as bongos, maracas or tapping sticks (even pencils suffice), to help them to focus on the rhythm of the lines, as they practise their percussion skills.
Creative Writing: Students choose one or two consonants and write their own 4-line alliteration poems. They could write the poem using one repeated letter (the poem Leaf soup is an example of repeated “s”), or two letters (e.g. the poem Hungry Snake repeats the letters “r” and “s”).
Comprehension: The poems can also be used for comprehension questions. For example: Do you think Ratty was going to share his snacks with Sammy? Has anyone heard the idiom “call it a day” before? What might that mean? Why do you think the 4th poem is titled “Shelter from the Rain”?
Biology (and links with inquiry / research and computing skills): The poems in this set also contain snippets of biological information, implied in the text. For example - snakes eat rats; tigers eat antelopes; sloths eat leaves; weaver birds build elaborate nests. Some students might be interested to learn more about any of these animals by doing their own research. They might also like to research the biology of their favourite animal (e.g. lion, dolphin, shark etc) and write an alliteration poem using some of the information they find.