A My Name is Alice
A Lesson in Alliteration
A fun project to do the first weeks of school connects student names, letters and sounds and alliteration. Phonemic Awareness is especially important for first and second grade students. These lessons are a tremendous amount of fun, and they connect well with most state standards in English Language Arts and English Language Development.
Here are some great ideas found on the web.
Discuss the term alliteration with your students. Ask them if they can guess from the book you just read or from their own prior knowledge what alliteration might mean. You want to work toward a definition such as: Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds of a word in one or more closely followed words.
Make sure students understand that alliterative words do not necessarily start with the same letter or letters; for example "phenomenal fat fish" is an alliterative phrase. You might want to brainstorm a list of words that use similar consonant sounds with students (phony and full, cider and silly, call and kite). This list should remain on the board.
Tongue twisters also rely on alliteration (for example, rubber baby buggy bumpers). This would make a nice transition (on another day) to writing/reading tongue twisters.
Watch for some of my students' work coming the first week of school.