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In perfect lines and rhymes the story of Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans, tells the tale of twelve little girls through rain or shine in Paris. Use rhyming words to write and illustrate a story.
Organize the class for a read aloud. Allow students to preview the book by showing them the cover. Ask students to identify the structure on the front of the book. Some will know that it is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Using a classroom map, students locate the city where the story takes place. As you read the book, provide opportunities for students to identify other famous landmarks that are illustrated throughout the book. Have available additional photos of these places and explain what they are.
As the book is read, see if students start to see that all the sentences rhyme and that most of the drawings are symmetrical. Make sure the definition of the words “rhyme” and “symmetrical” are understood.
After reading the book, explain that they are going to make their own rhyming book and illustrate it just like Madeline. For inspiration, write a series of rhyming words on the board (at, cat, that, see, bee tree). This will help students formulate their story. Have them include at least four rhymes for their story.
Before beginning illustrations, be certain to review the stories.
Stack several pieces of Crayola Marker Pad 8x 10 paper together. Fold in half. With help, if needed, staple pages together. This will form a book that can be used for drawings and stories.
Students write each part of their stories on separate pages and illustrate their stories with Crayola® Colored Pencils.
Have students read their stories out loud when finished.
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