Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sounds of Language - Tongue Twisters

I remember having competitions with my friends as a young child with tongue twisters. They were so much fun and really got all of us to become experts at tongue twisters. Tongue twisters are part of alliteration which occurs when a group of words with the beginning sound is used. Here are some tongue twisters that I remember as well as found in the book 'Creating Readers' by Pam Schiller. You can always google 'tongue twisters' and will find many pages full of fun tongue twisters to use.

The Baker
If a baker bakes for another baker,
Does the baker who bakes,
Bake the same way as the baker she is baking for?

Activity Connection: Can you write the same rhyme for a teacher, a doctor, an actor?

Peter Piper
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
How many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

Activity Connection: Try some pickled peppers for snack. Make up a similar tongue twister for another name like Silly Sally.

She Sells Seashells (my most favourite one!)
She sells seashells by the seashore,
By the seashore she sells seashells.

Activity Connection: Put out some seashells with magnifying glasses for the children to explore!

How Much Wood
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

A My Name is Alice - by J. Bayer
More Bugs in Boxes - by D. Carter
Six Sick Sheep - by Joanna Cole
The Z Was Zapped - by Chris Van Allsburg

I also found this amazing website that I assume belongs to a teacher. She has taken a picture of a recipe for creating tongue twisters. You can check out her link here: 

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