Poetic License ~ Race

How good a tongue twister are your students?

40 seconds and over:
Too slow. Your grandparents could say the poem faster.

30 to 40 seconds:
Not bad. You’re probably a faster talker than the President.

20 to 30 seconds:
Pretty good. You’ve been gifted with a fast pair of lips.

15 to 20 seconds:
Excellent. You can out talk anyone around.

14 seconds or less:
You are a tongue tying champion!

If you’re going to stage the race as a competition, divide the students into teams or let them compete against one another individually. Then get a stopwatch, let everyone practice the poem a few times, and see who can say it correctly the fastest!

Betty Botter

Betty Botter
bought some butter.
“But,” she said,
“the butter’s bitter.
If I put it
in my batter,
it will make
my batter bitter.
But a bit
of better butter–
that would make
my batter better.”

So she bought
a bit of butter,
better than
her bitter butter.
And she put it
in her batter,
and the batter
was not bitter.
So ’twas better
Betty Botter
bought a bit
of better butter!

–By Anonymous

 

 

 

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