Attracting Attention with Alliteration

Hats off to teachers…It’s time for Mid-Week Focus to explore the fun and function of ATTRACTING ATTENTION with ALLITERATION!

It’s a sound idea. Words written or read aloud in sequence with the same beginning sound catch kids’ ears.

What’s your favorite phrase for attracting attention with alliteration?

Here’s a trick to try…

"Hope you're hungry for reading; we're having Luscious Literature Day today!"

“Hope you’re hungry for reading; we’re having Luscious Literature Day today!”


Host a Luscious Literature Day like Jenny Beaudin, the 2nd grade teacher is doing in my blog pic here.

Ms. Beaudin posted her alliterative Luscious Literature Day poster outside her classroom door to attract attention and create an appetite for reading!

Ms. Beaudin often invites her students to have fun playing with words, including tongue twisters that are formed with alliteration – like the old English favorite, “She sells seashells down by the seashore.” Word play encourages a love of reading and writing.

When I’m visiting classes I post a long line of words that begin with the letter F. I do this to attract attention with alliteration when I help students build a word bank about FRIENDS to “jump-start” their writing about that subject. The word bank usually includes:


The kids offer most of the words that I post, but I add the word FREAKY. Then I say, “Oh yes, I have a freaky friend, but he has four legs, not two. Guess who?” I quickly add, “My freaky friend is my dog, Mr. Perfect.”  There’s a name that attracts attention. The kids love my dog’s name, his picture and his poem!

Here’s another trick to try…


Surprise your class with Math Mahem – note another attention-getting phrase that uses alliteration. Suddenly throw a wad of paper play money into the air, like you see me doing in my blog pic below.

"It's Math Mahem...look at the money fly!"

“It’s Math Mahem…look at the money fly!”

The class will laugh at your silly antics, but all eyes will be on you, ready to begin your math lesson.

You may also designate some MATH MAHEM MONEY MANAGERS – more attracting attention with alliteration – to “please, please, please, pick up the paper play money for counting later.”

Try another trick, one that takes your class on an imaginary escape to the beach…


Tell students to close their eyes and picture themselves standing in the sand by the sea. Ask them to “Listen for the ocean. Hear it?”

Next, tell them that you want to play a game of Please Pass the Pretty Pail. Explain that everyone who loves the beach can reach in the pail when it’s passed to them and pull out a shell or a heart,

"Thanks for passing the pretty pail!"

“Thanks for passing the pretty pail!”

like you see me holding in my blog pic here.

Besides attracting attention with alliteration, as in “Please pass the pretty pail,” this activity creates options for curriculum connections:

  • Hands-on Science study about shells and ocean habitats.
  • Writing prompts about a visit to the beach printed on the paper heart cut-outs.


I’m guessing that teachers in communities around the world have combined the repetition of words with the power of alliteration in their language to catch and keep the attention of their students. True?

Please send comments! We want to add to the wealth of ideas that offers each week under the Magic Hat.

Under the Magic Hat today...Attracting Attention with Alliteration

Under the Magic Hat today…Attracting Attention with Alliteration

Talk with you again soon,

BarbaraThe Lovable Poet

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
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