Time: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
What You Will Need: 12X18 Paper, Pencils, Sharpies, and Colored Pencils or Crayons
Preparing For The Project:
Introduce the concept of Alliteration to your students. Read the poem, “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” by Jack Prelutsky to the students. If you would prefer, there is a clever video of a man reading the poem in a silly voice with fun animation on You Tube. The link is below:
Work through the different flavors of ice cream with the students and decide which flavors are alliterations and which flavors are not (for example, “Cocoa Mocha Macaroni” is not an alliteration, but “Checkerberry Cheddar Chew” is).
On A piece of scratch paper, have the students write out a list of 5 new Bleezer-style flavors that are alliterations. To make the flavors crazy, I often ask them to pair 1 dinner flavor with 1 dessert flavor (Taco Tapioca Twist). I also advise the students to keep their flavors to food items only, or some students have the tendency to become gruesome. Finally I write a list of adjectives we might typically see at the end of ice cream flavors. Here is my list:
Twist, Dip, Swirl, Sherbet, Nut, Fudge, Chip, Chunk, Chew, Cluster, Ripple, and Ribbon
1. Guide the student through the drawing process using the drawing guide PDF below.
2. Pass out crayons or Colored pencils and allow the students to color their work. Have the students think about their flavors, and encourage them to chose their colors based on their original Bleezer-style flavors. As students are coloring their work, I walk around and correct spelling.
3. Students can write their flavors in their best penmanship along side their ice cream scoops. If I have time, I lightly write lines with a ruler that students can use as a guide for writing.
Assessment: Hang the artwork around the room. Have students make a list of their favorite alliterations from their classmates’ work. Discuss their findings. If students have access to ipads, students could blog about their experience and post a picture of their work. Students could ask readers to respond to their post by providing their own Bleezer-style ice cream alliteration. Teachers can tweet a link to student blogs for more traffic; the #commentsforkids will guide other educators to interact with your students’ writings.