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Colorful Creative Writing Rebus

Use pictures and words in a rebus poem about a colorful place.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share books and magazine stories written with rebus pictures symbolizing words to the class. Ask students how writers and artists decide what to draw so readers can understand the writer's meaning?
    2. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, students write a poem about a colorful place. Have students use lots of descriptive words so readers will be able to see the colorful place in their imaginations. Include a phrase describing something to see in the colorful place in each line of the poem.
    3. Students look over the draft of their poem. Circle words that could be illustrated with simple pictures. Students talk with a partner about whether the illustrations would clearly communicate their words.
    4. Rewrite the poem using watercolor pencils. Choose colors to fit the written descriptions and draw the rebus pictures as planned.
  • Standards

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Classroom resources: I Love You: A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo; We Love Our School!: A Read-Together Rebus Story by Judy Sierra; The Fantastic 5 & 10¢ Store: A Rebus Adventure by J. Patrick Lewis; Read-A-Rebus: Tales & Rhymes in Words & Pictures by William H. Hooks

    Compile student original rebus poems into a class magazine to share with families and other classes. Poems can be attached to construction paper using Crayola Glue Sticks. Each students can design an original front cover with watercolor pencils, adding a small rebus picture border.

    Students can add a lift-the-flap dimension to their original poems by drawing their rebus pictures on small pieces of paper. Glue each picture over its word with a thin line of glue on one edge. Share lift-the-flap poems with emerging readers who can make predictions about the word represented. Have young readers check their predictions by peeking under the flap.

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