A Trio of Sightless Rodents

nursery rhymes

by Glenn G. Dahlem, Ph.D.

An effective vocabulary builder for elementary and middle school pupils is challenging them to create parodies of familiar nursery rhymes, sayings and song lyrics, by substituting synonyms. Coming up with words of similar meaning is key to vocabulary enhancement. Then, having to present them orally promotes proper pronunciation, and writing them down is key to learning correct spelling.

Lets look at one of the best known nursery Rhymes: Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice,
See how they run,
See how they run,
They all ran after . . .

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