Break # 7: A Favorite Poem by Jack Prelutsky
Introduction: Show your students pictures of scribbles (or doodles) completed by students in pre-kindergarten. Ask
students if they remember doodling (or scribbling) when they were two, three, or four. Also ask if any student has a younger
brother or sister who likes to doodle.
My Brother is a Doodler
My brother is a doodler,
he simply loves to scrawl,
he doodles, doodles, doodles
with his crayons on the wall.
He doodles on the windows,
and he doodles on the door,
then doodles, doodles, doodles
on the ceiling and the floor.
All day he doodles, doodles,
he doodles everywhere,
if there's no place to doodle,
he doodles in the air.
He doodles, doodles, doodles
on my pillow and my sheet,
and sometimes even doodles
on the bottoms of my feet.
Taken from Prelutsky, Jack. A Pizza the Size of the Sun.
New York, Greenwillow Books, 1996, p. 14. ISBN: 0688132359.
Invite students to share funny doodling stories from younger days. For example, did anyone doodle on the walls
and get in trouble? b). Ask students to talk about what kind of doodling they
do now that they are older. Does it have themes? For example, when they are bored, do they tend to draw people's faces or
flowers? c) Read some picture books that involve doodling. Two that come to mind are Olivia by Falconer and Bad
Day at Riverbend by Van Allsburg. d) In art, ask students
to make a large scribble with their eyes closed. Then, with their eyes open, ask them to make a picture out of the scribble.