For this two part study for elementary students, wake the students up by reciting, Down With Children from The Witches. This silly poem is a fantastic way to get their attention and teach the concept of rhyming couplets.
Couplets are made up of two lines. At the end of the lines are words that rhyme and the two lines together make a complete thought.
Have the students pick out the rhyming couplets that Roald Dahl used; in, skin, mash, bash, louder, powder, trice, mice and so on.
Ask the class to brainstorm their own collection of rhyming words. Keeping a running list in a poetry notebook is a good idea for future lessons.
Work on a building a piece of poetry using couplets that the students come up with.
Start with a declaration or problem, such as “Better get up, Here comes the truck", or “I want to eat a pickle, But I’m all out of nickels"