“Ahhhh….You woke up the baby!”
must first be able to recognize
letters. In turn, they will be able to recognize these letters in
reading. This lesson is designed to help students learn the
Aa. In this lesson, they will also learn to recognize the /a/ in
words. They will be able to recognize the symbol to go along with
sound in spoken word practice.
Chart with “Alice always asks about our baby sister Anna’s hat.”
hat, trash, box, pass, jam, sit, mat, fox, top
- First, explain to
students that we make our mouth form different movements in order to
make different sounds come out. Today, we are trying to make the sound
for the letter /a/. Once we know how to make the sound with our mouths,
it will help us hear it in spoken words and recognize it in written
- Ask the students if any
of them have a little brother or sister. Even if you don’t, I bet you
have been around a baby before. One of the first things a baby does
when it wakes up is cries out for its mother. What type of sound does
the baby usually make if it is woken up? Let’s all make that crying
sound together, “Ahhhhhhh.” This is the way our mouth makes the sound
for the short /a/. Your tongue and jaw are down. We are going to make
the gesture of rubbing our eyes with our fists to help us remember that
it sounds like a baby crying.Today we are going to listen for that
sound and try to make that sound in some new words.
- Now we are going to try a
tongue twister. I will use this chart to help us. Together we will read
the tongue twister holding the /a/ sound as we see it and hear it in
the words. “Aaaaalice aaaaalways aaaasks aaaaabout our baby sister
Aaaaannnnaa’s haaaat.” Did you all hear the /a/ sound in those words?
- We can also use what we
know about this new letter and its sound to write words. Let’s practice
writing the letter /a/. Now, we are going to try writing an a
on our primary paper. Start at the fence, circle down to the sidewalk,
come back up and touch the fence, and move straight back down to the
- Next, I will have the
students spot the /a/ sound in different words that I say. Do you hear
the /a/ sound in hat or box? Trash or sit? Mat or fox? Top or pass?
Hold up the card in which you hear the /a/ sound as I ask them.
- We will then read “Pat’s
Jam” and I will have the students make the gesture of the baby crying
if they hear the /a/ sound as I read.
- For further assessment I
will have the students make up their own sentences on their primary
paper using words that we heard in the story.
Jager. Beginning to Read:Thinking and Learning about Print.
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