Very Voracious Animal Voices

Why

Use alliteration in fantasy animal poetry then create a drawing using letters to form patterns and textures.


Steps

1. Write a poem about a fantasy animal. Give it a name, then describe your animal with words that begin with the first letter of its name. Using lots of words together that start with the same letter or sound is called alliteration. How does your animal look? Sound? Where does it live? What foods does it eat?


2. Draw an outline of your fantasy animal with Crayola® Construction Paper Crayons on construction paper.


3. Use the first letter of your animal's name as part of the design for your animal. Repeat the letter many times in a small area to create texture. Try turning the letter upside down or on its side for a variety of effects. Color your animal.


4. Use Crayola Washable Glitter Glue to add highlights to your fantasy creature. Dry.


5. Cut out your animal with Crayola Scissors. Mount it on black construction paper with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick. Fill in the background with crayon.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Write team poems using two or more letters, with characters that interact. Create fantasy creatures to illustrate the poems.
  • Young children, or those with special literacy needs, make a fantasy animal for each letter of the alphabet. Imitate the sounds of each animal.
  • Exhibit your Very Voracious Animal Voices, complete with recorded sound effects.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children with emerging literacy skills choose an alphabet letter, identify words that begin with that letter's sound which could describe how a fantasy animal looks or sounds, and then write poetry using those words.

  • More advanced students study alliteration, and then write poetry with the technique using a letter of their choice.

  • Students create fantasy drawings of their animals, repeating their chosen letter to form patterns and textures.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
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