Lesson Plans and Projects to go with

The Wild Life of Limericks from A to Z 

By Shari Leventhal, Jean Merrill, and Doug Munch

Designed for Children 8-10


1)    Build a Story (more sophisticated level)

Pick a setting, pick an animal, pick an event, write the story

 2)    Life Cycle

Children can draw or write about the different stages of its life cycle the animal goes through.

How is it similar/different to that of a person?

 3)    Classification

-Use the animals from the book to discuss which category do they belong in? Have students write short essays of one class of animals (Reptiles, Mammals, Amphibians, Insects, Fish, Birds) and, as in the  book,  include fun scientific facts in the essay (lions sleep 20 hours a day).

-Keep a chart up and throughout the year add new fun facts to it when an animal is discussed

 4)    Compare and Contrast

Two animals using a Venn Diagram

 5)    Charades- guess which animal

Interactive game.

 6)    Individual and Group Projects- 

 a)    Group research project

-In teams, students work together on an animal photo file.

-Students cut out interesting or cute or unusual photos of animals from magazines and newspapers and mount them on oak tag or construction paper and laminate them if you have access to a laminator.

- Compare and contrast animals to form groups that become the basis for the scientific classification of the animal kingdom

- Have students create a "food chain" by drawing a predator animal, that animal's food source, and so on until they reach the lowest organism on that particular food chain. Glue each drawing to a strip of oak tag, then form a paper chain by stapling the oak tag strips into circles in the correct order. - a FOOD CHAIN!

 b)    Keep Diaries

-Either as a group or individual write in it over the year …random thoughts, poems, draw pictures, cut out newspaper articles.

 c)     Endangered animal project

- Letters/essays on how to save endangered species

- Letters to organizations working to save wildlife

- Human interest stories from news about rescues of endangered animals

- Have students work in groups and choose an animal from the book they feel is or may become endangered.  Have them first write about the animal and then make suggestions about how to save this animal.

- Explain that students will pretend to be animals that write letters. Have each student choose an animal and think of a message the animal might write to a human about their endangered situation.

- Students can learn about organizations that protect wildlife and write a letter to the organization sharing with them how their class projects are designed to help people to be aware of the need to protect endangered species.

 7)    Write their own limericks and read to class

Teacher reads limericks, talks about the form of a limerick, then uses singsong format to have students understand the cadence of the limerick. Then they try writing a limerick as a class with the teacher’s help. Then the students write their own limerick about an animal.