Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Movement is essential when teaching young children.  I think it's even more essential at the beginning of the school year.  I was excited when I discovered How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle at the beginning of the summer.  This book is about moving and dancing in all kinds of ways.  When I opened the book, I knew this was going to be just too fun to read aloud.  I actually have to concentrate quite a bit with the language as you can read from the first page.

"Say "HEY!" to your neighbors
up and down the blocka
wammy-lammy-wotcha-hoo.
Do your funky wokka,
get your dance on."

As the little boy travels through his neighborhood he asks several people how they wokka-wokka and their replies are fun and described with whimsical language.  Here are a few language examples -

picka-pocka-ticka-tocka
put-me-back-in-wata-wata
rap-bap biddly-ap open-up-and-boppa

I just can't wait to see how my students are going to wokka-wokka.  I also think this book is worth using as a mentor text for writing ideas.  The author couldn't understand her nephew when he was two.  He actually started asking people, "How do you wokka-wokka?" and they all replied with various dance moves.

3 comments :

  1. Mandy,
    This book does sound perfect for the beginning of the year. I think I'd have to read, reread, and reread the book before sharing it with my class.

    Cathy

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  2. Hmmm…. this SCREAMS VOICETHREAD!!! I cant wait to see it!

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  3. This sounds like so much fun! I'm going to look for it at the library. Thanks for sharing.

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