Chester the Chimp likes to Chomp on Cheese

Beginning Reading

Margaret Pettey


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Rational:  To learn to read, children must learn the letter combinations that stand for specific mouth movements. This lesson will give the children practice in recognizing the /ch/ sound when they see the letters c and h together.


Materials:  Poster with “ Chester the Chimp likes to chomp on Cheese”; Elkonin letterbox set for each child, letters c,h,i,n,p,e,w,a,d,m,u,l;  large laminated Elkonin letterbox for teacher; copies of A Peach for Chad


1.  Write a C and an H on the board.  “Sometimes, when you put two letters together they make will only make one sound. Can anyone tell me what sound the CH make when they get together?  That’s right! It makes the /ch/ sound, just like a choo-choo train.  Can everyone make the /ch/ sound together…ch ch ch.  Can you hear the sound /ch/ in champ?  Spell out the word chimp on the board.  Your right, you can hear /ch/ in champ because the c and the h are together at the beginning of the word. Let’s say our silly sentence and see if we can hear /ch/ again in more words…As a class recite the sentence and discuss what sounds were heard.  Now let’s try and find /ch/ in some more words together.


2.  Everyone listen to both words and tell me which one you can hear /ch/ in.  Do you hear /ch/ in bread cheese?  Cherry or apple?  Chin or nose?


3.  Using the Elkonin boxes, demonstrate how to spell the words.  Today we are going to use our word boxes to spell words with /ch/.  Now what do we remember about our word boxes?  Does each box represent a letter? Or does each box represent a sound? Your right!  You remembered that 2 letters can make one sound, so each box stands for the sounds in the word.  Let me show you how to spell a word.  Demonstrate by spelling out the word chin. I am going to spell the word chin using my boxes to show each sound I hear in CHIN. The first sound I hear is /ch/ and I remember that /ch/ is made from two letters: the c and the h.  Put up the c and h taped together.  Now the second sound I heard is /i/ and I know “icky i” makes the /i/ sound.  What is the last sound we hear in “chin”, that’s right! An “n” makes the /n/ sound.  Now its time for you to try some words using your own letterboxes.


4.  Pass out materials for letterbox lesson.  Instruct children how many letterboxes the children will need for each word (chip, chin, and Chad need 3 letterboxes, and chimp and lunch need 4) Model how to spell the word chap on your own letterbox.  Do you hear /ch/ in the word chap? Yes, you are right.  The first sound is /ch/ so the first box will have a c and an h. The next sound I hear is /a/ and the final sound is /p/. Walk around and observe as children are asked to spell: chip, champ, chin, Chad, much, chimp and lunch.


Assessment:  Read the book A Peach for Chad to the class, then have the children come up in groups of 3 or 4 and read A Peach for Chad out-loud.  After reading, have children find the /ch/ sound in different words on a certain page.



 A Peach for Chad, Steck Vaughn Phonics Readers. Harcourt Achieve.


 Reading Genie Website:  Dr. Bruce Murray