Amusing alliteration activities, read aloud


November 03, 1999|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Today's story selection is so enjoyable to read aloud because of the author's use of alliterative language. Alliteration is the repetition of sounds, especially consonant sounds, in words close together, particularly using letters at the beginning of words. Alliterative stories and word books introduce and reinforce initial phonemes of words.

Try these read-aloud tips on stories with alliteration:

* Exaggerate the initial sounds.

* Have your child repeat the alliterative words with you.

* Start your child off by composing a sentence using her own name.

* As your child becomes more adept at hearing the alliterative sounds, encourage her to compose sentences and stories of her own.

Alliteration Activities

Counting book: Make an alliterative counting book, using your child's illustrations. Staple some pages together, and beginning with the number 1, have your child make up alliterative words and illustrations. For example: "1 wonderful whale, 2 terrific teachers, etc."

Silly sentences: Help your child create silly alliterative sentences. For example: "Six slithery snakes sell sodas." Say them aloud and see how long the sentence can be and still be related. For instance: "Daring Don did drop desert, deliberately damaging Darling Dora's dress!"

Alliteration Concentration: Place these pairs of nouns on index cards cut in half. Mix them up and play Concentration. Have your child match the initial consonant sound: pad, pet; cat, clock; soap, sofa; cent, circle; gift, goat; hat, hand; drum dragon; giant, gym.

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