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Dear Friends, Lions...and Giraffes...and Babbits...oh my! Shel Silverstein's menagerie of beloved creatures has come together to help you Shelebrate National Poetry Month 2009 in "beastly" style. Character favorites Lafcadio, Giraffe, Runny Babbit, and more are featured throughout the following activities, designed to provide you with suggestions and instructions for exploring poetry and language with children. Each downloadable activity can be reproduced for an event, used in the classroom, or enjoyed at home. Have fun! HarperCollins Children's Books Marketing Department

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Lafcadio the Lion Word Search

Look for the hidden words from , in the word search below. Remember that they can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and backwards. Once you've found a word, circle it in the grid and check it off from the word list. See an example below.

Z D S S Y G R G L T J Z G Z

E T R B U W J V A X E E C R

S A M O R R S Q K K L M E K

A I K I Q E C E O G A K J W

C L U D N T W R N R C D R W

T O Z A O N E U S A P O D S

I R B C I U J H B L T T U M

U W N F L H M M K A U C C Q

S W V A K A U O V N R G U Z

S M D L L R Y E O I A O U W

L O C L G H L C C N I W Q J

J F O I W E O R M O N I A E

Q W X F I C J I G K Z D I K

R K T G E N T L E M A N G V

Lafcadio Hunter Coconut

lion marshmallow Grumbacker

jungle suitcase circus

gentleman elevator tailor

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Create Your Own Poem

Create your own poem using the words below from the book . Cut along the dotted lines to separate the words. Choose words to write your poem and try them in different combinations. After you've completed your poem, tape or glue the words in place on a piece of paper. Then read to see how Shel Silverstein used these words in his poem.

Giraffe Junk Saggin' You Dragon Hard Dressed Flute Put Found Whale Jump Grew Nose Bear Pole Mole Would On Rat Reproducible Activity

Cute Fruit Bike Laundry Suit Have And Stung Gave Cake Climb Bought Ran If A In Girl Eating Shoe Hike

Trunk Chose Half Skunk Shrank Rose Bee Chair Played Stretched Lived Silly To With Stepped Rode Hole His Hat The

Give Lake

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Hair Flea Mail Knee Looked Wagon Comb Sat Tail Glue Away Fell Bird Old Gave Snake Spike Flew

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Shape Poetry

Concrete poetry, also called shape or visual poetry, is poetry in which the lines are arranged in the shape of what the poem is about. In this type of poem, shape is just as important as the words themselves and helps further the meaning of the poem. Create your own concrete poem about Giraffe from by writing your words along the outline of his image above. Start at Giraffe's shoe, go up his back to his long curved neck, around his head, along his flute and outstretched leg, and then back down to his shoe. Write about what Giraffe looks like, where he lives, what he eats, and how he spends his days.

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It's a Zoo in Here!

Identify each creature from by drawing a line from the name and description that best fits the picture in the middle column.

The Gheli

"Consider his feelings-- Don't ask him to dance."

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One-Legged Zantz

"He'd love for you to scratch his belly."

The Considerate Soft-Shelled Phizzint

"Someone has mistaken this one for a pincushion and he's too polite to say he isn't."

The Bald-Top Droan

"I'll get awful, awful sick If I give your head a lick."

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What Is a Rebus?

A rebus is a kind of puzzle in which letters, words, or pictures are combined to convey a word, phrase, or sentence. The rebus puzzle boxes below portray a common word or phrase. Can you guess what they are?

Rebus #1

Answers: Rebus #1 is Bookworm; Rebus #2 is Wish Upon a Star; Rebus #3 is Ice Cream; Rebus #4 is Sailing on the Seven Seas; Rebus #5 is Happy Birthday

Rebus #2

Rebus #3

Rebus #4

Cream

Rebus #5

+ +

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Use this space to create your own rebus using Shel Silverstein's art, or your own.

birthday

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Wish

Answer: Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. Using his tail.

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12 5

Who is painting a picture? And HOW is it being painted? Start at the number one and connect the dots to find out.

9 8

10 7

Connect the Dots

11 6

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13 4 3 14 2

17 22 18 24 23

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16 19 20 21 25

15 26 30 27 28 29

1

Solve the Cryptogram

A cryptogram is a type of puzzle that consists of a short piece of writing in code. Replace each number with the corresponding letter in the key to solve the cryptogram and decode the poem from (p. 151). Key:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

19 7 20 13 2 5 17 11 26 4 16 24 12 1 8 6 18 25 23 3 21 10 14 15 9 22

Hint: The Lost Cat 14 2 20 19 1 3 5 26 1 13 3 11 2 20 19 3 ' ' , '

14 2 13 8 1 3 16 1 8 14 14 11 2 25 2 23 11 2 23 19 3 , ? 8 11 14 11 2 25 2 13 26 13 23 11 2 17 8 ?

,

13 8 2 23 19 1 9 8 1 2 16 1 8 14 '

24 2 3 23 19 23 16 3 11 26 23 14 19 24 16 26 1 17 11 19 3

.

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Imagination Isn't Always Black-and-White

What do you think the Gletcher looks like? Read the poem below from and draw your own version of this whimsical creature.

THE GLETCHER

See the Gletcher in his cage, His claws are sharp, his teeth are double. Thank heaven he's locked up safe inside, Or we'd all be in terrible trouble!

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Make a Word Lib

Go mad: Make your own word lib using the poem below from (p. 83). First, build a word bank from the different parts of speech: noun, plural noun, adjective, and verb. Next, as you read Shel Silverstein's poem, fill in each blank with a word from the column corresponding to the part of speech written below the blank. Have fun reading your story aloud. Here's a quick review of the parts of speech: · A noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. · A plural noun is more than one person, place, or thing. · An adjective describes someone or something. · A verb is an action word. Noun 1. 2. 3. 4. Adjective 1. 2. 3. 4. Plural Noun 1. 2. 3. 4. Verb 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Hypnotized

How would you like to get hypnotized? into my

(PLURAL NOUN) (VERB) (ADJECTIVE)

deep, deep , falling deep

(VERB) (VERB)

. Now you're getting

Deep, deep, deep--asleep, And I have you in my power.

(NOUN)

the

for half an hour. Shine my shoes,

(NOUN)

my hair,

Wash out all my

(NOUN) (PLURAL NOUN)

. Do my homework, scratch my

(ADJECTIVE) (NOUN) (VERB)

, Cook me up a great , and go wash my

stack Of

(PLURAL NOUN)

. Get some

and fix the gate. Now wake up and

(ADJECTIVE)

your eyes. Wasn't it

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Decoder Game

Organize students into small groups, selecting one person in each group to take notes. Provide each group with a photocopy of the decoder game below and instruct them to work together to unscramble the words within each box. Remind students to use Shel Silverstein's drawings from to help them decode the phrases.

Runny Babbit

mour yajesty

kittle litten

tash wub

hop tat

babble buth

mancy feal

droud lum

boetry pook

frest biends

chigh hair

hig bug

chocking rair

rangin' hound

pessy mig

rike bide

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START

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Can you help the Missing Piece meet the Big O?

Maze

FINISH

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Word Finder

How many words can you make from the letters found in each creature's name below?

POINTY-PEAKED PAVARIUS

GLUB-TOOTHED SLINE

SLITHERGADEE

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What's in a Name?

An acrostic poem uses letters from a name or word to begin each line of the poem. Each line must relate to or describe the topic word. Compose your own acrostic poem in the space below, using the example provided as your guide. Write about your name, a friend's name, a famous person, or a favorite animal, hobby, or sport. For an even greater challenge, try to make the lines rhyme.

For example:

SHEL

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Shel was a poet, He wrote many a book. Everyone loves them, Let's take a look!

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Runny's Rittle Leminders

Runny doesn't always do The thoper pring at all. Just see the motes his namma Has pasted on his wall:

Help

unscramble the notes and then follow these simple instructions for added fun.

1. Circle "wash

your face." your socks." chew with your mouth full." your pet."

2. Color in the square that says "change 3. Put a triangle above "don't 4. Draw a heart around "feed 5. Put a star under "be

nice."

6. Draw a line from "don't to "brush your teeth."

eat with your fingers"

7. Put your shoe size next to "wipe

your feet."

8. Draw a rectangle around "elbows."

9. Draw a smiley face next to "stop 10. Underline "please" and "thank

making faces."

you."

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