Phoneme Awareness

Andrew Gracia

Whacking the ball for learning consonant digraph "ck"

"c"  Cartoon Hard Golf Ball Holding Sign - Vendor: Toons4Biz    plus       "k" Cartoon Hard Golf Ball Holding Sign - Vendor: Toons4Biz      equal  "ck"  as in "whack"


Rationale:  In order for students to read words, they must recognize the phonemes in each word.  Some words have phonemes with two letters.  These words are consonant digraph and sometimes can be hard for students to recognize.  The consonant digraph "ck" is one of those that are hard to recognize.  Students will learn the "ck" digraph by reading words that contain the "ck" diagraph.  Once students learn the lesson they will be able to recognize that when the letters "c" and "k" combined they are pronounced with the phoneme sound of /k/.

Materials:  Tongue twister "Little chick licked, little chick licked, little chick licked how many times did little chick lick?"

Elkonin Boxes and letter manipulative ("ck") a, c, d, e, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, s, and t for each student

Primary Paper and Pencil for each student

Cards with a golf ball being hit (picture from clip art)

Book called Click Cluck, and Quack

Worksheet with "ck" consonant diagraph



1.       Today we are going to practice reading and spelling the consonant diagraph ck.  The letters "c" and "k" are put together to make one sound.  The letters combined make the /k/ sound.  Can everyone practice making the /k/ sound?  When we make the sound /k/ our tongues touch the roof of our mouths and we push air out of our mouth.

2.      Let's work on a new tongue twister.  Look at the board and read "Little Chick Licked."  Now let us read it and say it slowly.  Did you hear the /k/ sound a lot?  Were you able to feel your tongue touching the roof of your mouth?

Tongue Twister:

"Little chick licked, little chick licked, little chick licked how many times did little chick lick?"

3.      Now we are going to work on a worksheet that has pictures that might start or end with "ck." If the picture starts or ends with "ck" circle where it is.  I will call out the pictures to you now.

4.      Practice spelling words with the ck consonant diagraph. Give each child a letterbox and letters. Explain that the c and k are taped together because together they make the /k/ sound. "We are going to start with three boxes. That means that there will be three sounds. There is one box for each sound in the word. If I ask you to spell the word back you would put the b in the first box because it's the first sound we hear, the a in the second because it's the second sound we hear, and the ck in the last because it's the last sound we hear. Are you ready to start?" Using the three boxes only, have the children spell the words: pack, buck, luck, jack, sick. "Good! Now let's use four boxes.  This means there will be how many sounds? (4) Using the four boxes only, have the children spell the words: slack, smack, whack, Good!.. Now let's do the same thing but with five boxes.  Let's spell the word: cracker. Good job!! Now I'm going to write some words on the board and I want you to read them." Teacher will write the words that were just used in letterbox lesson.

5.      Write with a pencil and paper two good sentences using words with the /k/ sound.

6.      Read book "Family Tree", have student write down the words that have the "ck" diagraph so we can make a list on the board.

7.       Assessment: I will have the children work on the worksheet and write the words out that belong to the picture and they should make the "k" sound. They are to write them on the side of the worksheet on the dotted lines. I will then walk around the room and ask the children to read the words they have written.





Click, Cluck, and Quack-

Fun Fonix "ck" book-

Fun Fonix writing words-

Pictures-Microsoft Word Clip Art

Teacher Vision-

Quack Quack lesson plan-

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