If you’re looking for alliteration activities, you’re in the right spot!
I promised more activities for older learners, and today’s game fits the bill! Plus, it comes in four different levels – so you can use it with learners in grades 2-5!
What is alliteration?
Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of many or most of the words in a sentence.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
As you can see in the above example, tongue twisters typically feature alliteration.
Why teach alliteration?
We want students to be able to identify and produce examples of alliteration. But why?
The reason is so that they can use alliteration in their writing … to craft beautiful poetry and to use alliteration as a poetic device in other types of writing.
How to play the game
Students simply take turns drawing a card, following the instructions, and rolling the die to move forward if they give a correct answer. There is no answer key for students; have them check with the other players to see if their answer makes sense.
Level 1 (not pictured) is very simple. Students simply read the alliterative sentences. This helps them get used the sound of alliteration. I would use level 1 with students in late first grade or second grade (or struggling readers in higher grades).
In Level 2 (see above), students describe the picture using alliteration. My fourth grader said, “colorful crayons” for the above example. I would use this game with grades 2-5.
My son got stuck on this one, so the question passed to his sister (sixth grade). She struggled with this one, too, so the card was put at the bottom of the stack, and his sister took her regular turn.
(A possible answer would be “gross garbage!”)
In the Level 3 game, students create a sentence using the phrase on the card. I recommend having your students write the sentences on the recording sheet so you can check their work later.
For this card, my fourth grader said, “The grumpy, greedy groundhog grumbled.”
A sample sentence could be, “The magic mirror made me become a monkey.”
Level 4 is the most challenging by far! It really made my fourth and sixth grader think. Kids answer each riddle with two words that begin with the same sound. While I had a particular answer in mind for each card, there may be more than one possible answer.
Did you figure out the answer for the above example?
How about this one?
My sixth grader came up with “safe squash.” I laughed at that one, as I’d been thinking of “careful carrot.”
My sixth grader figured this one out. “Spoiled spaghetti.” Ha ha! (Apologies if you don’t share my sense of humor. These were fun to write.)
I hope you can use one or more of the games in the download!