Indiana Igloo


Brittain Miller


Beginning Reading


Rationale: In order for children to become successful spellers and readers, they need to be able to recognize that each letter in the alphabet represents a phoneme, or vocal gesture. Learning the phoneme and letter correspondence can help a struggling reader become a good reader. Short vowels are especially difficult to identify. This lesson will guide children in identifying the correspondence i = /i/ by using it in a meaning context and in reading and writing.

Materials: Cards with the following words written on them: lip, lap, big, beg, sick, sack, dill, doll, slick, black
    Letterboxes with at least six Elkonin boxes (win, will, slim, tint, brick, stint, splint)
    Letters: b, c, I, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, w
    Book, Pig in a Bag by Geri Murray The Reading Genie
    Spelling quiz sheets for the lesson words

1.  Introduce the lesson by explaining that the English language is like a secret code. Each of the letters in the alphabet has a particular sound, or vocal gesture, that corresponds with it. Explain that the letter Îiâ makes the /i/ sound. For this lesson, we are going to work with the /i/ sound. Do you think we could find this sound in words we spell and read? Letâs find out.
2.  Have you ever shivered in an igloo? Can you hear the /i/ sound in the word igloo? Letâs pay close attention to how our mouth move when we say the /i/ sound. Now, when we make the /i/ sound I want you to act like youâre shivering in an igloo.
3.  Letâs ay this sentence together: ăIs shivering in an igloo illegal in Indiana?ä Now letâs say it again but stretch out the shivering /i/ sound. Iiiiiiiiiis shiiiiiiiivering iiiiiiiin an iiiiiiiiiigloo iiiiiiiiilegal iiiiiiiiiiin Iiiiiiiiiiiiindiana? Now you try.
4.  Now I am going to see if you can remember the /i/ sound and recognize it in these words. To practice, Iâm going to read two cards with words written on them and I want you to tell me which one has the shivering /i/ sound. Hold up the cards lip and lap. Which one makes the /i/ sound? Very good, itâs liiiiiip. Continue with the rest of the cards.
5.  Next, we are going to use our Elkonin letterboxes. I want you to put the letters in the boxes for the words I give you. I will model the first time. I want to spell the word /w/ /i/ /n/. Each letter sound will go in its own box. So for win, the /w/ goes in the first box. The /i/ goes in the second box. And finally, the /n/ goes in the last box. What does this words say? Win. Good. Now I want you to try. Finish giving the rest of the words.
6.  For this part of the lesson, we are going to work on recognizing the /i/ sound when we read. We are going to read the book, Pig in a Bag. Read the book aloud. Practice locating the /i/ sound.

Assessment: For the assessment I will give a spelling quiz to check their knowledge of the /i/ sound and phoneme awareness. The words I give them will be in order of the number of phonemes for least to most. The words will be divided up by phonemes. They will be separated into boxes in which they will write in. I will also assess the reading.



Knowles, Jeremy. ăItchy Ritchyä


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