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Read “The Leopard’s Drum,” and then invent patterns—with words, drums, or hands. Children represent their sounds visually with bold colors.
With children, read aloud “The Leopard’s Drum.” Ask children to listen for the word “drum” so they can make gentle drumming noises every time they hear the word.
Study the book’s end papers. Name geometric shapes used. Ask children to describe how shapes and bright colors are combined to make patterns. Ask children to explain how white space is used to separate patterns.
Ask children to find similar geometric patterns in the book’s illustrations (mask, Nyame’s clothing, etc.).
Invite children to invent sound patterns with drums or using their hands on tables. Count to 3, 4, or more sounds in each pattern component. How can they represent the patterns in the book using sounds?
Children create their own patterns on white paper using Crayola® Gel FX Markers. Encourage them to make use of white space, too.
Children explain their work to the class. Children find similarities among their sound and color patterns.
Explore how Lane Smith’s illustrations contribute to the mood created by the words of Jon Scieszka in their book, The Ma
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