- Can you say these famous tongue twisters fast?
"She sells seashells down by the seashore."
"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."
- Ask students to say tongue twisters from their own languages for the
- See: Kids Universe, Tongue Twisters and Mr. Twister's English Tongue Twisters with lots more examples.
- Write your full name, including any nicknames you may have:
- Now choose one of the names to us e for this activity
(names that begin with b, d, l, m, p, s, or t are easiest).
Now students work in groups of three. Dictionaries are okay!
Students: Pass your
paper to the person on your right. Write one answer for number (3) for the
paper you just received. Your answer must begin with the first sound in the
person's name (e.g. Mary - made a mess). Then pass the paper again and
write an answer for (4), again using the same sound that begins the name.
this until all the blanks on all the papers are full. You should have lots
of different answers from all the people in your group when your paper
comes back to you!
- What did s/he do? ___________________________________
- Where? ___________________________________
- When? ___________________________________
- Why? because ___________________________________
Now use your paper to make funny tongue twister combinations. How many can
you create? Which one is the funniest?
Another option: students put together the
tongue twisters for each other.
DID WHAT: met a man, ate mangoes, married a
WHERE: in Minnesota, at the Market, in Montreal
WHEN: on May 5th, at midnight, in the middle
WHY: because she was mad, by mistake,
because her mother made her do it
Example possible combinations:
Mary met a man at the market on May 5th because her mother made her
Mary married a monkey in Minnesota at midnight because she was mad.
Mary ate mangoes in Montreal in the middle of winter by mistake.
Examples of more twisters from some creative visitors to
the web site:
Marie married a monkey in the mall at Mercy on May 24th by
(Courtesy of Kayla, October 2004.)
Wanda the witch washed her wig on a windy Wednesday,
so Wanda's wig blew away in the wind.
Moral: Witches who wash wigs on windy Wednesdays are whacko!!! (Courtesy
of Coco, July 2004.)
- Students' work can be compiled into a class anthology or wall display.
- Students can illustrate poems with hand-drawn or computer-generated images.