Daily Lesson Planning
Introduction to the Poem
- Relate "Writers have fun . . ." and ". . . with words" to "Writers explore letters, sounds, and words." The children will probably recognize that this poem uses the key words from the alphabet chart. Read the poem slowly to the children. Read it again, inviting the children to join in on the rhyming words. Repeat the poem often. Some children will eventually memorize it.
- Implement “Alligator to Zipper-Dee-Do!” (BB 54-55).
Activities with the Poem
Choose from the following:
- Implement “Writers use rhyming words” (BB 56).
- Do activities related to rhyming words. You could recite nursery rhymes or sing songs—listening for rhyming words. Then do the same with “Alligator to Zipper-Dee-Do!” Write some of the rhyming pairs and add other words that rhyme.
- Use “Alligator to Zipper-Dee-Do!” as a choral reading. There are many ways to divide the poem into parts. You could assign couplets to 13 individuals; assign one line per child with some unison; assign couplets to partners; and so on.
- Assign one couplet (to be copied or traced) to each child. Have the child make an original drawing or painting relating the two concepts of his or her assigned couplet.
- Recite “Alligator to Zipper-Dee-Do!” and have children clap their hands, tap their feet, or pat their legs to the beat of the syllables. They could alternate these movements and use rhythm instruments, too.
- Have children decorate a copy of "Alligator to Zipper-Dee-Do!" and take it home to share.
- As a challenging shared writing, write new couplets for each of the paired alphabet words, or try "My Alphabet Pair."