By Beth Sycamore
Share the poem “The Silent Snake.” Invite children to pantomime the ways animals in the poem move. Review unfamiliar words or phrases. Let children know that a bough is another name for a tree branch. Share that mayflies are insects with wings!
This poem and lesson were specifically designed to offer a lively context and spark an interest in words! Includes an illustrated poem, a teacher's page, and tips for teaching with the lesson!
Delight in Lively, Whimsical LanguagePromote a love of language and inspire learning by taking time to simply enjoy the way words sound. For example, have fun with onomatopoeia (words that are names for sounds or words that sound like their meaning). Fluttering (“The Silent Snake”), pluck (“Strawberries”), and chirping (“Spring”) are just a few examples children will encounter.