Ingrid Caldwell
Beginning Reading

Sliding Vowels

Rationale:  Students will learn that every word must have a vowel.  Students will also learn how to blend three letters into a word.

Materials:  Draw a large slide on the board with consonants and vowels written on the board.

1. Ask the class to name the vowel letters (they will need help). “Okay class, have you ever felt afraid to go down the slide alone?  Well, vowels are afraid to go down the slide alone.  They need two friends to help them go down the slide.”
2.  Pick two consonants the class has studied.  Tell the class that, /c/ and /g/ come along and help /o/ go down the slide.  /D/ tells /o/ that they will go up the steps together.  /G/ waits at the bottom to catch them.  As /d/ and /g/ go up the slide they say their sound.  /Do/ /do/ /do/ as they go up each step.”
3. Draw out the sound as they slide down and add the /g/ sound as /g/ catches /d/ and /o/.  Then ask the class, “What is the word that the letters make?  They should all yell out “dog!”  Pick new letters and repeat the story.

Assessment:  After the lesson, group the children in fours and hand out the cards that have a letter from the lesson on each card and see if the children can make the words we just learned.  Any of the Phonics Readers books that concentrate on short vowels would be a good review for the children.  Ex:  Read Pen Pals.

Reference:  www.
     Christie James; Enz, Billie; Vakelich, Carol (1997).
                Teaching Language and Literacy  Addison-Wesley  Educational Publishers Inc.

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