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Title

Primary grade students engage in creative word play through traditional and hands-on methods

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Creativity, Curriculum, Handson, Primary age students, Riddles, Word play

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Education 3-13

Volume

42

Issue

5

First Page

528

Last Page

541

Abstract

Word play is an important skill allowing product names, show titles, jokes, poetry and other writings or orations to be interesting, entertaining and wellremembered. This pretest-posttest counterbalanced study compared two instructional approaches for teaching second and third grade students (n 1/4 71) word play skills. Students at a public elementary school in Iowa, United States studied vowel patterns and rhyming as part of the regular school curriculum for literacy through two conditions: a traditional format of reading, pocket charts, worksheets and oral discussion; versus a more concrete approach of arranging objects and corresponding word cards in a chart-like formation. There was no significant difference in student performance between the conditions but an attitude survey indicated that a large majority of students preferred the object boxes for understanding of word play concepts and task enjoyment.

Original Publication Date

10-13-2014

DOI of published version

10.1080/03004279.2012.732594

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