Active Animals Everywhere
Rationale: I developed this lesson to
help children with the short /a/. Children will be able to listen to
words using the /a/ sound and be able to recognize and pick it out from
words. This lesson will also help students in writing/printing the
Materials: primary paper, pencil,
index cards with words: at, sat, nap, us, bat, tap, not, Poster with
Alice asked if Annie’s active animals were angry, Book A Cat Nap (which
you can get at public libraries), worksheet with pictures for assessment
the lesson by telling students that written language is much like a
because it is hard to tell which letters to use. Today we will be
the short a sound /a/. We will be working on the mouth moves for /a/.
many words with the /a/ sound and hopefully we will be able to pick
students if they have seen the movie Home Alone? If so what sound does
when he finds out his parents have left him? He prolongs the AAAHHHH with his hands on his face!!! I am
going to say a word and we are going to stretch it out. BAT: BAAAATTT.
hear the AAA sound? Whenever we hear the AAA sound we will put our
hands on our
face like in home alone.
students poster with tongue twister. Andrew and Alice asked if Annie’s
animals were angry. Now lets say it together. Now lets say it again and
out the /a/ sound when we hear it. Remember to make the home alone face
you hear the aaaa sound. Ok: AAAndrew AAAnd AAAlice AAAsked if AAAnnie’s AAActive AAAnimals were AAAngry.
Good. Ok now when we say it we are going to break each word: short a:
/a/ndrew /a/nd /a/lice /a/sked if
/a/nimals were /a/ngry.
students take out their paper and pencil and demonstrate how to write a
a. To write a capital a, start at the
rooftop, go down the slide to the sidewalk, then down the slide the
and cross at the fence. For lowercase a,
don’t start at the fence. Start under the fence. Go up and touch the
then around and touch the sidewalk, around and straight down. When
done writing a capital and a lowercase a, please raise your hand so
that I can
see your paper. Once I have looked at your paper, I want you to write 5
capital a’s and 5 more lowercase a’s.
5. Give students two words and have
them choose which word has the aaahhh sound. Do you
hear /a/ in lap or sit? Nap or sleep? Cat or dog? Ok now let’s see if
find the mouth move /a/ in a few words. I will hold up index cards with
on them. When you hear the /a/ sound make the home alone sign: at, sat,
nap, us, bat, tap.
the book A Cat Nap. Listen carefully and whenever you hear the
in a word make your home alone sign and I will list the words on the
Give students a piece of paper and have them draw a picture of a cat or
other animal and write about it using invented spellings.
an assessment I will give students a worksheet. It will have pictures
on it and
they will have to circle the pictures that contain a /a/ sound in them.
Examples of pictures: a purse, apple, table, cat, hat, dog, umbrella,
Lauren. Abby’s Alligator. http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/begin/earlel.html
Nap. Educational Insights: Carson, CA. 1990. (Auburn University)
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