Each morning I have duty at the food court where all K-5 wait for the bell to ring. They have to be there; I choose to be there, partly to help keep an eye on things and get the morning started smoothly and partly to pretend I'm a one room school teacher from days gone by. Some days I send them on a run, grade by grade, sometimes I start an art project/exhibit (see Football Art and Your Future) and we have a wonderful Clean Up Crew of 2nd grade volunteers (those middle schoolers before us sure make a mess!). The latest is a lesson in alliteration to name the recess basketball tournament teams, i.e. Dunking Donuts or Wonderful Wildcats. I keep it very casual, don't want to spook them with the idea they're learning something before the bell rings, but I've caught some groups talking about alliteration in store/company names, some making nonsense rhymes all with same letter, and others actually coming up with team names (but c'mon, Bouncing Butter?!?).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.