Pinky the Pig
Beginning Reading Design
vowels are difficult phonemes for children to manipulate in words.
In this lesson, the children will learn to identify the correspondence
i = /i/ in written words. They will also learn the sound i
makes by learning a meaningful representation and how to spell and read words
with the i = /i/ correspondence through a letterbox lesson and by reading
Materials: primary paper, pencils, Elkonin boxes for each
child, laminated letters for each child , worksheets for each child (see
Discuss the letter i and the sound that it makes /i/. . "Does
anyone know what sound the letter i makes? That's right, /i/.
Let's listen for /i/ in this sentence: I will write the
sentence on the board. The pink pig sits in his pen . Can
someone come and point to the letter in the word pig that says /i/?
Good job. The letter "i" is what makes the /i/ in pig. Can
someone tell me another word from our sentence that has /i/ in
Now I want you to listen closely to some words and tell me which
word has /i/ in it. Sit or step? Mat or mit? Fill or fall?
Next I will begin the letterbox lesson.
"Lets take out our leter boxes and letters. Now watch me." First
I will model how to place the letters i and f in the letterboxes
to represent the word "if" I want to spell if so I need to
figure out what letters make the sounds /i/ and /f/. Then I take
away the letter boxes and say "This word is 'if.'"
"Now I want you to spell it in your letterboxes
using your letters. Can anyone tell me how many
boxes we need to spell it? Right, we need two
boxes because there are two sounds in the word
Continue with the letterbox lesson asking the
children to spell  fin, ran (review word),
rib grip, spit, drip.
After we have completed all the words I will
write each word on the board and have students
read them aloud.
Introduce the book, "Liz is Six" to the class with the following
introduction: "This book is about a girl and her friend who is
a pig. One day something happens when they are playing
softball. Let's find a partner and read the book together to
see what happens."
Have the children pair up and read the book to each other.
an assessment I would give a worksheet
sentences. "Now I want you to read these sentences carefully
and circle the words that have 'i' in them."
Example of Worksheet
Circle the words that have /i/ in them.
The big bug moved down the hill.
2. The big shark had a grey fin.
3. The kitty cat sat on the window sill.
4. The kite blew in the wind.
5. Our ribs are inside our body.
Pegues, Jennifer . Picky Pig http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/begin/peguesbr.html