Izzy the Insect
read and spell words, children must be
able to identify letters and their phonemes.
Letter knowledge is one of the best predictors of reading
success. This lesson will introduce the
sound, and the mouth move for /i/. They
will accomplish this by listening for, repeating, and sounding out the
paper and pencil; chart with "Izzy
imagines itchy insects"; Izzy the Insect (stuffed animal); picture page
with mitt, pin, pet, dig, hug, lid, mat, log, ink, cat; drawing paper
crayons, Miss Sid (SFA Foundation, 2000); letter i cards (one
- Do you ever stop to think
about the sounds we hear in the words we speak or read?
Well today we're going concentrate on hearing the /i/ and
making its mouth movement.
- Izzy Insect can help you
remember the /i/ because that's the sound she makes when she wiggles
her antennas. Demonstrate by putting
index fingers on the top of your head while stretching /iii/.
- Let's try the tongue
twister printed on the chart: "Izzy
imagines itchy insects!" Everybody says it three times together. "Now this time I want you to
stretch the /i/ at the beginning of the words. Iiizzy
iiimagines iiitchy iiinsects!" Try it
again and this time I want you to break the /i/ off the word: "/i/zzy /i/magines /i/tchy /i/nsects!"
- Have students take out primary paper
and pencil. First, model the formation of
the letter i using the letter formation cue. Begin at the top of the fence, make one stroke down, lift
your pencil, and dot directly above the top of the fence. Now why don't you practice writing
the letter i. Remember, start at the top
of the fence, make one stroke down, lift your pencil, and dot directly
above the top of the fence. I want to see
everybody's i. After I put a sticker on
your paper, I want you to make seven more i's just like the one you
- Call on the students to answer the
following: Do you hear /i/ in
sit or stand? bug or big?
fit or fog? knit or cat? Now let's see if you can spot the mouth move
/i/ in some words. If you hear the /i/
sound, I want you to wiggle your antennas. "Izzy
is interested in itchy insects."
- Read Miss Sid.
Have the students raise show their i card when they hear the
words with /i/. List those words on the
board. Have the students draw their own
insect and write a message about it using invented spelling. Display their artwork!
- For assessment, distribute the picture
page. Go through each picture with the
students. Have them circle the pictures if
they hear the /i/.
Success For All Reading Development
Team. Fast Track Phonics for Roots. Baltimore, Maryland: Success For All Foundation, 2002.
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