Clap It Out with Chrys-an-the-mum!
by Traci Swain
Watch this exclusive teacher review to discover why Melanie Healey thinks Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is the perfect back-to-school picture book for your early childhood students.
Get your clapping hands ready—it’s time to learn about syllables with Chrysanthemum!
Early childhood teacher Melanie Healey from Connecticut College Children’s Program finds that her students can be intimidated by this beloved book’s long title. So she breaks it down into four clear syllables, clapping her hands once with each beat: Chrys-an-the-mum!
Watch this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher video to find out how Melanie uses Chrysanthemum to help her students.
• Learn syllables by “clapping out” each other’s names
• Practice metacognition by predicting what comes next
• Create name puzzles to become comfortable with manipulating letters
“Clapping it out” is a fun way to engage kinetically with language and start a conversation about syllables.
Melanie also has her students make name puzzles, which helps students become comfortable with manipulating letters. We created our own version of the name puzzle as a downloadable activity in Cooked Up from a Book.
Try out the activities with your students and share on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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