Rationale: In order to learn to read and spell words, children need to understand digraphs so they can match letters to their phonemes. In this lesson, children will learn to recognize the ou = /ow/ in both spoken and written words They will learn to do this by practicing reading and spelling words containing ou = /ow/. I will use a letterbox lesson to help with instruction of this correspondence.
Materials: Primary paper, pencil. The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Elkonin letter boxes. letter: s.h,o.u.t.l,d,m.n,f,a,and b, flashcards of the letterbox words, and a chart with the following tongue twister on it: I found out about the loud shout.
Procedures: 1. Introduce the lesson by asking the
children if they have ever gotten hurt and said "ow!" I will then tell
them that when the two letters o and u get together, they make that sound.
I will write these letters on the hoard. Today we are going to work on
words that have the ow sound in them and are spelt with an on. 2. I want
all of you to repeat this tongue twister after me. "I found out about the
loud shout" Good! Did you hear the ow sound in those words. Now I want
you to hold out the ow sound when we say the tongue twister. I fou------nd
ou-------t abou------t the lou-------d shou--------t. Excellent job! 3.
Next. I will have the children take out their letterboxes and the letters
listed ahove. Now we are going to spell the words that I've just said.
Remember the ow sound is made when the o and u get together. I will model
one example on the hoard for the students and then we will go through words
one at a time as the students spell the words in their letterboxes. Because
the o and u together make one sound, they should put them in one box.
Words to spell: out = ou/t loud = l/ou/d
shout = sh/ou/t found = f/ou/n/d
mound = m/ou/n/d
5. We will then practice this sound by reading the hook The Napping House. I will read The book to the students and they will say ow! when they hear the ou sound. The students will then read the book themselves and write down the words that have the ou correspondence in them. 6. For review, I will hold up flash cards of the words we have learned with the ou sound and the children will be called upon one at a time to say what is on the card. 7. For assessment. I will pass out a worksheet in which the students will have to circle the words that have the ou = /ow/ correspondence in them. They will fill it out and turn it in.
References: Murray, Bruce and Lesniak T.(1999) The
Letterbox Lesson: A Hands-On
Approach to teaching decoding.
Wood. Audrey. The Napping House
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