Beginning Reading Lesson
order for children to develop phonemic awareness, it is important for
have an understanding of short vowel sounds. This is a vital
ensure their success in reading. This lesson will help students
the correspondence i= /i/ in spoken and written words through
phoneme-grapheme correspondence with memorable and meaningful
will also learn to spell and read words with i=/i/ by teaching
lesson and reading a new book.
• Primary paper and pencil
• Chart with the tongue
twister “Izzy the Iguana
licks sticky insects inside an igloo”
• Liz is Six
Picture page with illustrations (pig, duck, bed, hill, twig, bib, fish, pan,
“Icky sticky” picture
of ice cream dripping off
of an ice cream cone
- Introduce the lesson by explaining that is is
important in reading to understand the different sounds letters make
when we see them in words. “Today we are going to learn a fun way
to say the letter i in a word! Has anyone
had ice cream drip down their hands when you are eating an ice cream
cone on a hot day? When that happens to me
my hands get stuck together. What do you
say when your hands are stuck together from the ice cream?
That’s right, iiiiiiiiiiicky stiiiiiiiiiiiiiicky fingers! That is the sound the short i makes that we
are going to focus on today. Let’s all
pretend that we have sticky ice cream dripping down our hands and say
together ‘iiiiiiiiiiicky stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiicky.’ Great
job class!! You are all saying the short i
sound correctly. Each time we see an i
like this, visualize our sticky ice cream fingers like in this picture
(show the picture of dripping ice cream, featured at the top of this
- “Now let’s all look at a fun tongue twister
that has lots of our iiiiiiicky stiiiiicky i’s in it.
Everybody read the tongue twister together: ‘Izzy the Iguana
licks sticky insects inside an igloo.’ This
time when we say the tongue twister together let’s all make the ‘icky
stick’ hand motion and stretch out the /i/ sound like
we just practiced. Iiiiiizzy the
iiiiiiiiiiiiiguana liiiiiiiiiiiicks stiiiiiiiiiiicky iiiiiiiiiinsects
iiiiiiiiiiinside an iiiiiiiiiiiigloo. Try
it again, and this time break is off the word: ‘/i/ zzy the /i/ guana l
/i/ cks st /i/ cky /i/ nsects /i/ nside an /i/ gloo.
I am so proud of you, class! You
were all participating and saying beautiful i’s in the tongue twister.
- [Have students take out primary paper and
pencil.] “We can use the letter
i to spell /i/. Let’s write it.” Model the writing on the board with the same
primary paper format on the board for all the students to see. “Start at the fence. Draw
down the sidewalk. Now lifting your
pencil, give your line a dot above the sidewalk. I
want to see everybody’s i. When
I come by and draw a smiley face on your paper, write nine more i’s just like it. When you
see letter i all by itself in a word, that’s the
signal to say /i/.”
- Let me show you how to fin /i/ in the word fish. I’m going to stretch fish out in super slow motion and listen for the icky
sticky sound. F-f-f-i-sh.
F-f-f-i-i-i . . . there it is! I
do hear the icky sticky ice cream in fish.
- Call on students to answer and tell how they
knew: “Do you hear /i/ in bit
or bake? Pig or bag? Swap or swim? Nose or lip? Big or small?” Pass
out a card to each student. “Let’s see if
you can spot the mouth move /i/ in some words. Rub
your ‘icky sticky’ hands together if you hear /i/.
Lizard, split, upset, boy, list, glass,
scissors, pen, twig.
- “We’re going to read a short story about a
little girl named Liz. Do any of you like
to play baseball or softball? Liz loves to
play baseball with her pig. Let’s read the
story and find out about Liz and her baseball skills.”
Read Liz is Six and talk about the story. Read it again, and have students raise their
hands when they hear words with /i/. List
their words on the board.
- For assessment, distribute the picture page and
help students name each picture. Ask each
student to circle the pictures whose names ha /i/.
• Betbeze, Meg.
Sticky Fingers! (Beginning Reading)
• Eldredge, J.
Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms. Upper
Saddle River, NJ. 1995.
Glue is Sticky!! (Beginning Reading)
(1990). Phonics Reader Short
Vowel Liz Is Six.
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