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Heidi Anne Spietz
Use the lesson below to show upper elementary and middle school students how creative word phrasing and holiday selling are linked together. Build vocabulary and increase verbal skills and logical thinking with these unique puzzles.
‘Tis the Season to be Selling
By Alan Stillson, Copyright © 2011
One method of boosting sales during the holiday season is with letter play. You change one letter in a well-known holiday season phrase and it plugs your business.
Here’s an example:
You own a wedding chapel. You change “We wish you a merry Christmas” to “We wish you a marry Christmas.”
Try to find a letter change in the bold word to plug each of these businesses:
BUSINESS HOLIDAY SEASON PHRASE
Boxing arena ‘Twas the night before Christmas
Florist Had a very shiny nose
Health food store Joy to the world
Sporting goods It came upon a midnight clear
Tanning salon The twelve days of Christmas
Optometrist The eight days of Hanukkah
Plumber The values of Kwanzaa
Transmission shop A partridge in a pear tree
Stumped? Send Alan Stillson an e-mail at email@example.com to ask for the answers.
Alan Stillson is the author/co-author of printed puzzle books, an e-book of brainteasers and a musical that will be showing in June and July. Please click onto http://stillsonworks.com/mswp/mswp.html for details. Please feel free to share this message.
Happy puzzling and Seasons Greetings,
As you and your students switch gears from summer leisure into the increased structure of the school year, you will want to refocus on the basics. Here are some interesting and helpful resources to add to your reading, writing and spelling lessons.
If you need ideas for your reading program, Rita Arpaia of Literatureplace.com is debuting a new and improved version of their Bookfinder search tools in September. Start With The Winners will allow even more convenient access than ever before to Literatureplace’s comprehensive list of award-winning children’s books. Find out more at: http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf
Elaine from Kimbo offers a Literature Link Activity to the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. http://www.amonco.org/creative5/montessori_fall5.pdfhttp://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htmhttp://www.janbrett.com/bookamatic/hedgies_book_a_matic.htmhttp://www.kimboed.com/literacy.aspx
For more information and resources for reading, writing and spelling—
Find more book lists appropriate to your needs and school/family values and priorities:
Access interactive spelling and vocabulary exercises at AAASpelling.com. http://www.aaaspell.com/spell-index.htm