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Palindromes: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

Palindromes are pure fun! They are found in words, phrases, and numbers. Palindromes are a special pattern of characters. What are they? Read the following lesson to learn more!

What is a Palindrome?

Wow! Anna sees a palindrome!

What is a palindrome?

A palindrome is a word, series of words, or series of numbers that reads the same backwards or forwards. Look back to the first line of this lesson. Can you find any palindromes?

Hint: there are three palindromes.

Did you find any? The first palindrome you find in the lesson is the word 'wow.' Backwards or forwards, the word 'wow' is the same.

The other palindromes in the first sentence are the name, Anna, and the word, sees.

Here are some other examples of palindromes in single words:

  • mom
  • dad
  • eye
  • noon
  • level
  • kayak
  • radar
  • bib
  • sagas
  • toot

Do you see that if you spell any of these words, backwards or forwards, it remains the same word?

Palindromes Can Be Groups of Words

Palindromes can be groups of words, even sentences. When determining whether or not a group of words is a palindrome, the spaces between the words don't matter.

We're not quite sure what a Taco Cat is, but it sure is a palindrome!

Can you find the palindromic phrase in the sentence below?

  • I don't like fruit, so no lemon, no melon will ever touch my plate!

Where is the palindromic phrase?

The phrase is: 'no lemon, no melon.' Backwards or forwards, it remains the same.

Let's try another one.

Where is the palindromic phrase in the following sentence?

  • Mrs. Nason's students have never ever even thought about missing a homework assignment!

What did you find? The phrase 'never ever even' is palindromic.

Last one!

Can you find the palindrome?

  • Nurses run to the emergency department when an ambulance arrives at the hospital.

What did you find? 'Nurses run' is the palindrome.

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