I had the opportunity of listening in on a lesson in a pre-school recently. It was a fantastic lesson! The teacher had worked along the Easter theme and planned a craft activity for her students. She had everything organized and mapped out properly. She showed them a rabbit made out of Styrofoam plates and cotton balls and then began to teach her lesson. She asked a few questions to get the eager four year olds thinking and ready for work. Then she asked one question that none of the students were able to answer. I looked on with amazement! The question was,
"What do rabbits eat?"
They all answered in unison, "Carrots!"
"Carrots?" I thought. The teacher tried and tried very hard to get more ideas about what they know about rabbits yet no one offered any other food. Then it dawned on me, these children can only say what they have been shown. They don't know about rabbits eating anything else. They look at Bugs Bunny, Wabbit, Marsha and the Bear and many other cartoon series eating carrots. Wow! That was an eye-opener for me!
So What Do Rabbits Really Eat?
On my side of the globe rabbits eat grass and vegetables and pellets. Rabbits do not only eat carrots like those cartoons taught us. This is a common misconception that many children are now being led to believe. I never thought about it before until that day.
Rabbits Eat Grass!
As someone who has always enjoyed creating things, I had a grand opportunity to drive the message across that rabbits eat grass. I was asked to create an Easter bonnet hat for a 3 year old boy to wear for his Easter bonnet parade. I toyed with an idea and later, through the visual help of Pinterest I got an inspired thought. This is what I came up with.
See the grass? (Don't worry about the eggs too much. This rabbit just happened to see some while eating his grass, lol). There are no carrots anywhere! So now I want you teachers and parents out there to let the little ones know that rabbits do not only eat carrots. Stop the misinformation.
Articles by Experts
Here are a few helpful articles that will shed light on my musing:
Teaching homophones to young children is both an art and a science.
On one hand, there are tons of exercises you can use to draw their attention, to get them to use them properly, to get them to spell them correctly.
On the other hand, the best method of teaching comes from how you engage them and not from a textbook. Your method must stand out simply because you want your students to leave your hands with an understanding and a working knowledge about homophones, especially since it is necessary for good writing.
The best way to teach your students about homophones isn't to have them learn all the word lists by the end of the year (that may be helpful for some but not all students). Instead, give them many opportunities to create their own sentences with them. Eventually, they will build their vocabulary of homophones. They can use the lists as a reference or you can post them on the classroom walls.
With that in mind, here are some helpful resources that you can use to get them writing efficiently using homophones.
Here are links to poster sets for your classroom. Click on the picture to be taken to my TPT Store.
I am so excited about my latest poster set that I have to blog about it! If you follow me on any of the social media you would know that I use a lot of bright colors in many of my resources. Hey, what can I say? I just cannot help it!
This Point of View Poster set contains 12 Point of View Posters for your classroom. These posters make a great reference for your students to use when identifying point of view. Using these visuals will help students decipher who is telling the story and which point of view the author chose to use: first-person, second-person or third-person. The packet includes color-coded examples of each POV to go along with the posters. You’ll find 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person omniscient, 3rd person limited, and third person objective posters included. Here's a sample page from the set:
If you’d like to purchase a set, head on over to Teachers Pay Teachers. Hurry! It's 50% off for the first 48 hours!
This is a fantastic poster set that your students can use as a reference tool or visual reminder when teaching or review the six basic question words (No exercises or examples are included in this set). The words are Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. These posters give simple definition of what is required to answer these question starters. They can be printed and placed in plastic sleeves or page protectors or you can print them poster size for your writing areas. There are 12 posters depicting the 5Ws and H question words together with whom, whose and which as an extra. I also included one general poster with all the question starters. I also included a pocket print size version of the 12 posters in black 'n white for your students can stick in their ELA notebooks. Available at TES Resources Available at TPT