The Final Countdown!

Who can resist this commercial?!? My fifth graders talk about it all the time. They LOVE it! This is an awesome clip for teaching hyperbole (exaggeration). Kick off your discussion of hyperbole by showing students this clip. Do some inquiry work with the clip. What do students notice about the mood (sounds, music, images). What moods do they feel. Why is this commercial funny? Next, introduce the term hyperbole. Discuss how it exaggerates a mood or problem. My students have loved coming up with their own “small problems” that can be exaggerated using hyperbole. Things like: waiting for an elevator, counting down to a holiday, the last leaf falling from a tree, waiting for a parent in the pick-up line, or being at the end of the line for an ice cream treat (ice cream sandwich vs. regular popsicle!) These lead to excellent writing activities too! (Show not Tell, Slow Motion Description, and Small Moment stories.) Enjoy!


Typically found wearing mismatched socks, Dana Johansen spends her time teaching fifth grade in Connecticut, negotiating with her yellow lab about doggy dinner options, and plopping down on the floor in bookstore aisles to find new reads. She has taught elementary and middle school for fourteen years. Dana is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies blended learning in reading and writing workshop.