Do You Know?
By: Adrienne Boggs
of letters and phonemic awareness have been found to bear a strong and
relationship to success and ease of reading acquisition…"
(Adams). Before they can read or spell words, students
must be able to identify
letters and the phonemes they represent. This lesson will teach
to recognize the letter o in print and the phoneme /O/ in
by David Shannon
(1 per child)
Jar lid rings (1 per child)
- Introduction, "We read words in our
favorite stories, so let's be detectives and discover what makes words! Is it letters??? YES!
It's letters that makes up words, so let's discover these letters so we
can solve the mystery of reading and writing. Today
let's discovery the letter o. The letter o makes the /o/ sound. Repeat
after me: Olly octopus occupies the
octagon during October. GOOD!" Did you hear the /o/ sound in some of those
- Teach background knowledge. Show picture of a detective using a
magnifying glass. "Do you know what the
detective in the picture is using to help him discover tiny clues that
we can't see with just our eyes? That's
right he has a magnifying glass to help make tiny things larger. Have you ever seen a magnifying glass at your
house?? Can anyone discover what shape is
in our magnifying glass?? You're a good
detective! It's a round shape just like
the letter we are going to discover today. It's
the letter O.
- Pass out jar lids to students. "To be a good detective we have to take our
o's and look at them very closely. Now
take your finger and feel your o and go around and around the o. That is how we are going to write an o."
(Model for students). "Your good
detectives! Now we are going to learn how
to write o's on primary paper. Demonstrate
how to write a capitalized o on primary paper. "First
we are going to start at the roof and curve like this down to the
ground. Then we are going to curve back up
to the roof without lifting your pencils. Very
Good! Don't take flight into the sky and
don't wreck in the ditch."
- "Now that you are good detectives you
need your own magnifying glass." Pass out
pipe cleaners to students. Model for
students how to make their very own magnifying glass.
"Now we are going to read a story and I want you to use your
new magnifying glasses to find the o's in
- Read the title of the book No,
David, while pointing to each word of
the title ask students if they recognize which word has an o in it. Repeat the title No, David and point to each
word until students recognize which word has the letter o in it. "Now look closely as I read this book and I
want you to raise your magnifying glass to your eye if you discover the
letter o on any page." Students can
use their magnifying glass to show the class the o that they discovered
on the page. Ask students if they can find
any other o's on the page. Give all
students opportunity to participate in the activity.
- Pass out a different book to each
student. "Now that you are good
detectives, you are going to search for o's in your book.
Every time you discover an o, I want you to write an o on
your detective note paper. We can count
our o's and discover who has more o's in their book.
Do we find o's in words in our books? When
we learn letters we can learn to read words in our books."
Assessment: I would have students come up to my desk
individually and show me a couple of pages with words the have the
O. Then I would assess them by grading
their primary paper with the O's written on them.
M.J. (1990) Beginning to
Read: Thinking and Learning
About Print. Center for the
study off Reading
and the Reading
Research and Education
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Shannon, David. No,
David. Scholastic, Inc.
Mink, Shay. "OOOhhhh,
My Toe." http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/minkel.html
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