Iona's Super Star Sing Song
Create a song for Iona Crawlgrass by choosing a style of music, what you want to sing about and the lyrics and she will sing it back to you!
- Have your child read Iona's lists aloud before making each choice.
- Iona uses only one tune for her songs so you can sing along karaoke style.
- Play with remembering the song after Iona finishes.
- Comment on how Iona's song tells a mini story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is language used by teachers to prompt students to write complete narratives.
- Talk about writer's block, and how Iona surmounts it by asking for help, making lists, brainstorming, and playing with words and ideas.
Iona models writing skills such as list making, brainstorming, categorizing, and use of syntax (appropriate use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. in sentences). Your child is invited to read, but also to consider sentence components. The humorous songs that result from combinations of components encourage playfulness, an asset for creative writing. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades, one of which is:
Generate, gather and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience.
- Ask your child to give you other action words, funny descriptive words, and closing phrases. Keep lists and create your own songs.
- Play "Categories": pick a title such as "things you can wear on your head" and see how long a list you can make.
- Have your child help you write out real-life lists (e.g., for groceries, errands, etc.).
- Write a story together taking turns adding silly parts and building on each other's contributions.