Verbs in Play

January 6, 2009

In Doreen Cronin’s frolicking style, she has created another fun rhyming text.  As a read aloud, Bounce is best suited for younger students.  Scott Menchin illustrates a dog as the main character, acting out the different ways to bounce. 


But, upon rereading the text, I find this book would be great for a vocabulary focus.  The book could be a springboard for and interactive vocabulary writing activity.  Bounce features ways to use bounce as engaging play.  I envision teaching grammatical lessons (and having fun) in the upper grades with this text.

What a great way to teach prepositional phrases, dependent  clauses, even direct and indirect objects (if you must).   Punctuation is used in a variety of ways as well.  You might think that kids don’t get it unless we teach it all, but I had a student in second grade use ?! together in a sentence.  She said she had seen it in books.  She dded, “I’m asking a question and I really want to reply, so I added the exclamation mark to make the reader think about it.”  Kids get it!  Let them explore the text and then try what they find interesting.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Bounce:

  • Apostrophe – C’mon, let’s, it’s, you’ll, I’ll
  • Hyphen – Ker-plop
  • Ellipse – “I’ll bounce to the left…if you’ll bounce to the right.”
  • Flexing sentences – “If you bounce into a puddle, it’s best to bounce in boots.”
  • Verb tenses with the same word – bounce, bounced, bouncing
  • Reader’s Theater – The text lends itself for voice inflection as certain words are bolded and the font is larger.

Bounce, a cute and fun book filled with amazing possibilities.  I can’t wait to read their ot

her book, WIGGLE and STRETCH.