That Thump
Emergent Reader

Mariah Hart

Rationale: This lesson should help students recognize the digraph /th/. Students need to become aware that digraphs are groups of two letters whose phonemic value is a sound. This lesson will also help students when reading and writing words with /th/. The lesson’s goal is to have students well on their way to mastering the /th/ sound.

Materials: Letterbox squares, letter manipulatives, “This and That: Sound of /th/”, Blackboard, chalk, mirrors

1. Have students make the /th/ sound while looking in the mirror. Ask them to describe what their mouth and tongue are doing. “Is it curled up or sticking out?” and “How loud is the sound you are making?”. Now ask students to put their hand in front of their mouth while they make the /th/ sound. “Do you feel the air?”
2. Have students sit close since the /th/ sound is hard to hear. “Students I want you to stick out your tongue when you here the /th/ sound. I am going to read toy a bunch of words.. ready...
“Thumper sat by the trashcan and thinking about his thin thimble.”
“Think thin Simon about the thoughts of your Thumper.”
3. Ask students what letters they think make the /th/ sound. Write their suggestions on the board. If they are correct praise them, if not ask for the correct /th/ on the board. Discuss the sound and explain that “When you put /t/ and /h/ together it makes /th/. Mention words like think, thumb, and thump. Spell the words together and then have them try using their letterboxes.
4. When students can do the letterboxes with you without a problem, have students work independently with words like thank, good, she, bat, thumper. By having different types of words, they will not be so predictable.

Assessment: Have each child write a /th/ word that has not yet been said. Tell the students that they can make up their own word as long as they can pronounce it themselves.

Ballad, Peg “This and That: The sound of /th/”
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