Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Writing Workout Summer Fun!

Summer isn't done quite yet, and what a great way to celebrate these last days of summer magic! The wonderful word wizard Rebecca Colby, author of It's Raining Bats & Frogs,  shares a magical writing exercise for your students. While it’s geared towards Grade 1 students, it could be adapted for older children.

Magic Rhyming Spells

Delia’s spells in It’s Raining Bats & Frogs are written in rhyme. Share some of the following spells with your students. Ask them to identify the words that rhyme.

· Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

· Hocus pocus, magic crocus.

Students will create rhyming spells of their own by filling in the blanks below.

· Zero, one, two, I’ll wave my wand at ______________.

· One, two, three, turn into a ____________.

· Eight nine, ten, turn into a _____________.

Working in pairs, students will create rhyming spells using the following starting lines. Ask students to create rhymes that are not used in the book. Extension activity: Students can create spells on their own without benefit of starting lines.

· Stir the brew in the vat, . . .

· Eye of newt, tongue of snake, . . .

· Wave your wand over the box, . . .

· One more wave, here I go, . . .

Now it’s your turn!

I challenge each one of you visiting the blog today to create your own magic spell. If you do, feel free to post it in the comments below. I’d love to read your results!

More Summer Fun! Join Rebecca as she celebrates  It’s Raining Bats and Frogs! Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt! Follow Rebecca’s tour to collect the clues. There will be eight answers to find and submit in total to the link below.

 You can enter the overall giveaway for a $50 USD Amazon voucher (or £30 GBP Amazon voucher) at the end of the tour. Submit your answers here!

So what should you be looking for? Witch names, of course! Each post will mention a fictitious witch somewhere in the discussion. To be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment on the blog where you found the name (but please DON’T reveal the name) , including here at Teacher Authors! At the end of the tour, send Rebecca (at website address above) a list of all eight names via her website contact page, and enter the Rafflecopter entry form on her page. You have until 11.59pm EST on 5 September to enter the scavenger hunt giveaway!

Join me on August 24 as I talk with Rebecca about her book, the scavenger hunt and about creating teacher guides that teachers can use!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”   ~ Roald Dahl

Bobbi Miller


Yvonne Ventresca said...

Fun writing exercise!


Joyce Ray said...

Mumble, tumble, watch your toes crumble! A bit severe, probably! It's a real challenge to write successfully in rhyme. Congratulations, Rebecca.

Rebecca C said...

Thanks, Yvonne! I hope it results in many magical spells.

Rebecca C said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing your spell, Joyce!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

Higgily, giggily, wiggily.
Poof! Snort like a piggily!

Bobbi Miller said...

Joyce: What a GREAT poem! I love the word play! Thank you!

Bobbi Miller said...

Penny: I LOVE LOVE that wordplay! I do firmly believe that the best way to study how language works, and how best to master the creation of meaning, is to study poetry. Thank you for this!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

This WWW was so much fun!
Thank you, Bobbi and Rebecca.
Here's my rhythmic chant:

Pocus cadabra!
Hocus abra!

Rebecca C said...

I love the words you've created and what the spell produced, Penny! You're a natural spell writer.

Rebecca C said...

Yay for fun, rhythmic chants! Great poem, Esther, and thanks for joining in!

Bobbi Miller said...

O my goodness, Esther! I love your chant! This is like an earworm I'll be chanting all day!

Carmela Martino said...

This will be great fun to use with my young writing students. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I'm looking forward to seeing your book.

Rebecca C said...

Thanks, Carmela! I hope your students enjoy writing some magical rhyming spells.

Lily said...

Sounds like a fun exercise! I love witches and their spells. :)