Family Ties


Emergent Readers:  Print Concept/ Phonological awareness

By:  Jenna Sumlin


-       Rationale: To provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with words and the sounds of words through the use of rhyming words.  Rhyming is fun for students to read.  This lesson will focus on helping the students be able to pick out rhyming sounds in words.  By the end o the lesson they should be able to examine both the written representations of rhyme as well as their oral interpretation.  Using rhyme will help them perceive letter- sound relationships.

-       Materials: 

·        Primary Paper

·        Pencils

·        Chart Paper

·        Marker

·        Book:  The Berenstein Bears are a Family

·        Pictures with their words written on the back (cat, dog, mouse, sun, ball, fan, hand, bell)

-       Procedures:

1)     Introduce the lesson by discussing the difference between words that rhyme and words that don’t.  Discuss with the students how to decide whether two words rhyme or not.  Say, “When two words rhyme they share the same sound at the end.  Let’s practice with some words.  You tell me if you can hear words that rhyme in these sentences (I will do the first one):

·        “Will a dog eat a frog?  Yes! Both dog and frog end with /og/”

·        Will we run for fun?

·        Will we play all day?

·        Will we eat pizza? 

2)     “Now let’s try to come up with words that rhyme.  How about I give you a word and you tell me a word that rhymes with it.”

·        Mouse ______________

·        Hat _____________

·        Cake ________________

·        Bush ______________

·        Bee ______________

·        Too ________________

3)     Next, try a writing activity with the students.  Say, “We are going to write poetry- which is just two or more sentences that rhyme.  I will write the poem that we come up with together.”  Once the teacher has written the poem, have the students rewrite it on their primary paper with their pencil.

4)     Whole text:  Read The Berenstein Bears are a Family.  Read it again and have the students clap their hands when they hear rhymes.  Write the rhyming words from the text on a chart.  Then, have students write a message using one pair of rhyming words.

-       Assessment:  “Now let’s look at some pictures and pick pictures whose names rhyme.  When you find two that rhyme, flip the picture over and read the words to see if you were right.”  If the student gets more than one wrong then they have not mastered the concept. 

-       References: 


J.          Lloyd Eldredge, Teach Decoding, Pearson Education Inc., 2005, p. 65-68.

Berenstein, Stan, Berenstein.  The Berenstein Bears are a

      Family, New York, Berenstein Inc., 1991.



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