Nothing but Nests
The two greatest factors in
learning to read are letter
recognition and phonemic awareness. The goal of this lesson is to
letter of the alphabet. The letter we will be looking at and discussing
is N. I
will demonstrate the creation of the upper case N and the lower
I will also teach the students the sound the letter n makes
free from combination. I hope for the children to write and recognize
lower and uppercase N
- Nests by Christine Young
- Dry Erase Board
- Dry Erase Markers
- Flash Cards = Letters that we have already
covered in class
- Picture Cards (or drawings) of different
types of birds nests and some pictures of things other than nests
(These could be anything not starting with N)
- Primary Paper
can tell me what makes up a word? Yes that’s right! Letters. In
our alphabet we have twenty-six letters. Why do we use letters?
Awesome, that’s right! We use letters to make words and use words to
read. We want to be great readers so let’s practice hard!
review some letters that we already know”. For review I would
hold up flash cards of letters that we have already covered. The class
should make the sounds of the letters that I hold up. This will include
both short and long vowels. That we have covered up to this point.
we are going to learn a new sound N. We are going to
read a story that has a lot of N’s in it. The book Nests shows us the different types of nests that animals
live in. The we will see if we can come up with anymore types of nests.”
we are going to practice our /n/ sound. Lets pretend like we are
pushing down on the throttle in our boat. (I will model what this looks
like and how it makes the /n/ sound. Then, we will use this motion and
stretch our /n/ out every time we say this sound in our tongue twister.
We will say as a class “Nancy’s
neighbor’s nest was very nice and neat.”
- . “Now that everyone has got our /n/ sound
that N makes. Let’s practice writing our new letter.
I will demonstrate the letter N, upper case.
While I am making the letter N, I will tell the students the
position of the different lines using the sky, fence, and ground. The
students will have already learned how to create other letters using
this method. “For
an upper case N we start at the sky and go straight down to the ground.
Then we start back at the sky following the mountain down to the ground
and straight back up to the sky.” Students
will practice writing for 5 times. While they are working I will
walk around and help any students that may be confused. After everyone
has their 5 letters I will model the lower case letter. “Ok everyone, let’s learn now how to do
our lower case letter n. For little n we start at the fence and
go straight down to the ground and bounce back up to the fence and see
a hill and go back down to the ground.” Students
practice this just like with the upper case letter.
- At this point I will have students
listen to the story “Nests”. Before I start I will give a book
talk. “In this book we will see many different kinds of nests, so let’s
read the book and see if there are any nests that we recognize. While
reading I will have the students do the “boat throttle” signal when
they see or hear the letter N in the story. Also, we will extend this
as a class giving everyone a chance to tell a nest that they have seen
or heard of and model it using there “boat throttle” signal when they
say the N.
I will show pictures or drawing that start with N
(some that do not start with N), and the students will
give me the”boat
throttle” sign if it starts with N.
for Nest! by.
The Reading Genie
Christine. (1993). Nests. Bethell, Washington.
© Lands End Publishing
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