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Palindromes to WOW Student Minds
Santa Rosa District Schools
Students create “Palindromes,” simple sentences and phrases which read exactly the same backwards as forwards, and identify each as a sentence or fragment.
The student uses a variety of sentence structures (including but not limited to parallel structure, compound and complex sentences).
- White paper in two to three inch strips
- Tempera paints
- Notebook Paper
1. Prepare list of palindromes.
Sample Palindromes for introduction.
MADMAM, I’M ADAM
IF I HAD A HI-FI
SOME MEN INTERPRET NINE MEMOS
POOR DAN IS IN A DROOP
2. Gather materials for paint example.
3. Decide on a method of assessing student’s work or use assessment given in this plan.
This lesson does not have to be completed on consecutive days.
Background: students have had previous instruction in sentence fragments.
1. Teacher explains the definition of “palindromes” to students and presents the palindrome list in teacher preparation section to students on the overhead projector to introduce the lesson.
2. Teacher gives students a piece of white paper and instructs them to fold in half.
3. Teacher then gives each student a thick squiggle or swirl of paint and instructs them to carefully refold the paper in half and press the two sides together.
4. Teacher instructs the class to gently unfold the paper to reveal a design. Like palindromes, the design is exactly the same on each side.
5. Teacher assigns students a few days to make up at least five palindromes.
1. Teacher instructs students to identify each palindrome as a sentence or as a fragment. This step can be completed as an individual activity or students can be placed in cooperative learning groups.
2. Students share at least one palindrome orally with the class.
3. Teacher displays palindromes on a wall in the classroom.
Each palindrome that a student creates counts as 15 points each. For example, they are assigned five palindromes worth 75 points.
For each palindrome that a student identifies correctly as a sentence or fragment, they receive an additional 5 points worth 25 points.
This activity is a fun way to teach and evaluate students’ comprehension of “sentence fragments.” In last day’s activity, weaker students can be paired or grouped with stronger students.