Where the Sidewalk Ends Teacher Resources
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Getting to Know You
Students explore ways in which they are smart. In this "getting to know you" classroom team building instructional activity, students discuss various ways people can be smart and describe ways in which they are smart. Students listen to "Smart" from Where the Sidewalk Ends, then break into groups to plan a method by which to teach their classmates a vocabulary word from a "Words that Describe Me" chart made previously.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Using Shel Silverstein in the Classroom: "The Fourth" From "Where The Sidewalk Ends" Lesson Plan
Students listen to the poem The Fourth from the book Where The Sidewalk Ends, and explore the literary technique of onomatopoeia. In this literary devices lesson, students discuss the meaning of the word onomatopoeia, then create a list of onomatopoeia words to use in an original poem.
2nd - 6th English Language Arts
Word Beads: Writing Poetry
Second graders write rhyming poems. In this poetry writing lesson, 2nd graders discuss the meaning of the word "funny." They use word tiles to create a rhyming poem which they transpose into their writing journals. They listen to readings from Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
2nd English Language Arts
Bridge to Terabithia: Visualizing to Optimize Comprehension
Good readers visualize. And in our image-rich culture it is imperative that children are provided with opportunities to practice this important skill. A selection from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, are among the resources suggested here to use for visualization practice.
5th - 7th English Language Arts
Visualize and Draw to Increase Comprehension
Improve readers' comprehension with a pair of visualization opportunities. First they listen, eyes closed, as you read a description from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, and discuss ideas about what they "see." After you read Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick," pupils draw what they visualized from the text and share with group members to compare/contrast their work.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Genre Lesson: Narrative Poetry
Sixth graders complete a worksheet. In this poetry instructional activity, 6th graders learn about the differences between narrative poetry and lyric poetry. Students read poems and determine which form of poetry they are as well as identify characters, settings, plot problems and plot solutions.
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Smart Son
Grab your youngsters' attention by reading the poem, "Smart" by Shel Silverstein. The son in the poem was not smart in how he handled his money. Mathematics whizzes help him out by using ratio problems to re-calculate his money exchange. The lesson plan goes on to consider real-life situations concerning unit rate, proportions, and ratios.
6th - 9th Math CCSS: Adaptable
All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing
Have your elementary learners listen to poems for rhythm and rhyming, and then work together to write one line of a poem. They will complete a practice worksheet for rhythm and rhyming before writing their original poem. This is a great way to promote poetry appreciation in your pupils.
Pre-K - 5th English Language Arts
Everyone Can Write Poetry
Embark on a journey of writing several different types of poetry. Fifth graders read several examples, and use the examples to model their own writing. Each poem is to be accompanied by a different art visual representation. In the end, each young poet produces his or her own poetry books for evaluation.
4th - 6th English Language Arts