"Icky Bug"

By Donna Macklin- Emergent Literacy

Rationale: In order to read and spell words children must have phoneme awareness.
"This is the ability to identify phonemes or vocal gestures from which words are constructed, when they are found in their natural context—spoken words."  This lesson will help children recognize the /i/ sound. They will learn this through practice and writing activities.

Materials: Primary paper and pencil, Tin Man Can Fix It by Sheila Cushman (phonics readers), pictures cut from magazines (fish, lip, dish, mitt), chalk, chalkboard and a worksheet of pseudo words (lig,clib,gib,blid,crig,id,kip,ip,hig).

1. Introduce the lesson by explaining to the children that they are going to learn a new mouth move.  "Today class we are going to talk about one new mouth move /i/."  "At first it may seem tricky and kind of hard, but we will get lots of practice at saying it, writing it and finding it in words."
2. I will explain to them and show them the phoneme /i/.  "Class, has anyone ever seen a bug and gone /i/?"  I will model for them this sound.  "Can all of you go /i/?"
3. "Lets try a tongue twister with /i/ mouth move."  Icabod’s igloo is icky. "Okay class, you try to say it." "Good, lets do it one more time, but faster." "Lets stretch out the /i/ in all the words." Model this for children.  "IIIcabod iiiigloo iiiis iicky." "Okay, children now you do the same thing."
4. "I am going to show you some pictures and I want you to tell me which one has /i/ sound in it." The teacher holds up a picture of a bat and a fish. "Good, lets try a few more." The teacher will hold up several pictures.
5. "Now students it is time to practice writing the lowercase i." "Look up at the board and watch me."  "You start your pencil on the sidewalk and make a line up to the road and place a dot above the road." "Okay class, I want you to get out your paper and pencil and practice."
6.  "Okay, children we are going to practice spelling words with the phoneme /i/."  [Teacher will write large squares on the board.] "Okay, we are going to use these boxes to spell words using our mouth moves."  "Each box will hold one mouth move."  "For example, if we spell sit, you hear three mouth moves so, we will use three boxes, one for each letter."  The teacher would ask the students to spell it, in, fit, fix, bit, spin, and clip using the letterboxes.
7. I will read Tin Man Can Fit It.  I will read it a second time, but this time have them raise their hands when they hear /i/.  Teacher will write the words on the board.
8. For assessment:  Give them pseudo words to pronounce out loud to check for awareness of /i/.

Reference:  The Reading Genie

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