Adam's fat bat
recognition is vitally
important for emergent readers. It is
essential that they know that every letter has a sound.
This lesson is for students to learn that
a=/a/. In order to master the, a=/a/ the
student will practice beginning reading words including a=/a/. By the end of this lesson a child should be
able to recognize the, a=/a/.
Chart paper with the
chant (Adam’s fat bat sat on the mat)
The Book, A Cat
Nap by Sheila Cushman, Educational Insights.
with the words (apple, sad, lad)
1.) Begin this
lesson by introducing the letter a. Help
the students pronounce the /a/ sound.
Have each student practice saying the /a/. Tell
the students to look at each others mouths
to see what there mouth does when saying the sound.
“Today we are going to be making the sound
/a/. Everyone say the sound /a/. Now class as u say the /a/ sound look at your
classmate next to you and see what their mouth does when you say the
for the letter a.
your mouth doing when you say the /a/ sound?
That’s right your mouth is open.
My mouth kind of reminds me of when I am about to take a bite
out of an
apple. Apple makes the /a/ sound so it
help me remember that /a/pple and not /A/pple.
funny saying in which all the words have the /a/ sound in them. Listen to me as I say it then we will say it
together. “Adam’s fat bat sat on the mat”
Now everyone say it. This time let’s say
the /a/ sound in the words very slowly. “Aaadam’s faaat baaat saaaat on
maaaaat.” Good job!!! (Have the funny
saying written on chart paper)
4.) Now let’s practice
some words together that have
the /a/ sound. (have them repeat the word after you)
/a/pple, l/a/d, s/a/d. (hold up the
words on a piece of construction
paper). Then ask the students question
about the /a/ sound. “Do you hear the
/a/ sound in sad or sod?” Do you
hear the /a/ sound in fast or fist?”
“Do you hear the /a/ sound in lad or led?”
5.) Now take out your
paper and pencil and your going
to copy what I do. “Everybody ready?” First make a little c and then draw a line
connecting the open mouth of the c. I
want you to keep writing the /a/ until I say stop as you write the /a/
you to say quietly the /a/ sound. (As
the students do this go around and see how the students are writing and
them say the /a/ sound for you.
to the class “ A Cat Nap” by Sheila Cushman.
Book talk for A Cat Nap, A cat name Tab likes to take
naps in a
bag. Sam takes the bag that Tab is in to
a baseball game. What happens when tab
is found in the bag at the baseball game?
Let’s read and find out! When
finished review the words in the story that have the /a/ sound.
assess what the students have
learned. Go around the class asking
questions about words that have /a/ sound in them.
Questions such as what we did before (Do you
hear the /a/ sound in fast or fist?, mad or med?, job or jab?, jack or jock?)
Cushman, Sheila. A Cat Nap.
Educational Insights: Carson, CA,
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