Choo, Choo, words that say /Ch/!

Jodi Gray
Beginning Reading

RATIONALE:  Phonemes are harder to recognize in words containing consonant clusters and in order for children to read them they must be able to recognize them in words and the sound they make.  /Ch/ is one of these digraph sounds.  After this lesson children will be able to recognize that when "c" and "h" come together they make a single sound.  They will learn this from practice using letterboxes and reading text with /ch/ in it.

MATERIALS:  You will need envelopes to put letter manipulatives in for each child.  For this particular lesson you will need the following letters: c, h, a, e, i, o, u, t, s, p, n, m, r
 Copies of Choo, Choo, the Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away. Published by Houghton Miflin, Co. (1937) Written by Burton, Virginia Lee.

PROCEDURE:
1. Today we are going to learn about the /ch/ we hear in words such as chip and much.  After this lesson you should be able to remember that when "c" and "h" come together they form a new sound /ch/.

2. Can anyone tell me what their mouth does when they say /ch/?  Good, your teeth come together and your tongue touches the roof of your mouth just as air pushes out between your teeth.

3. Now I am going to pass out the same letterboxes and letter packets to everyone just as I did yesterday. Notice that the "c" and "h" are taped together.  Can you tell me why this might be?  Right they make one sound so they go in one box just like the "s" and "h" did yesterday.  Does anyone remember what sound " sh" makes? Good, /sh/ is right.  Letís start with 3 letterboxes and work our way up.  Look at my mouth as I say "chap".  Did you all notice the way my mouth moved as I said each letter sound?  As I say each word out loud I would like you to say the word after me.  I want you all to notice what your mouth is doing when you say each word.   Here is the first word: chat, chip, chop, chin, much, such, chest, chimp.  You all did so well on those words letís see if you can get these more challenging words that have long vowels in them.  Here is the first word:  cheat, chart, charm, chime.

4. Now I am going to put some words on the board.  We are going to go down each row and pay attention and when it is your turn I want you to tell me the word that I have written on the board.  Letís start at this corner.

5. Now it is time to read.  I am going to give everyone a book called Choo, Choo, the Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away.  It has a lot of words with /ch/ in them.  Assessment:  Letís read for the next few minutes and as I call your name I want you to come to the back table where I will be and bring your book.  I am going to let you read a paragraph to me while I listen.

REFERENCES:
"Cheerful Children Chanting" by OíBrien (can be found on Reading Genie website)
http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/breakthroughs/obrienbr.html

Burton, Virginia Lee.  Choo, Choo, the Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away. Published by Houghton Miflin, Co. (1937)

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