Chart with "Oscar lost his frog and found it in a log". List of words for the students used in the assessment that will be given at the end of the lesson. Book titled Doc in the Fog.
1. Introduce lesson. Teach them that words make our mouths form different shapes. Today we are working on the mouth move /o/. It will be hard at first to spot the /o/ sound, but after some practice, you will be able to easily recognize /o/.
2. Ask students: When you go to the doctor for a check-up does he say "open wide and say /o/?" That is the sound we are looking for today. I will show you how to recognize /o/ in a word. Stretch it out, and see if you say /o/, like when the doctor says, "open wide." I will try the word l-l-l-o-o-o-o-og. Yes, the /o/ is found in the middle.
3. I will be introducing the symbol /o/. Let's try a tongue twister (on chart). "Oscar lost his frog and found it in a log." Let's all say it together. Now the next time we say it, let's stretch out the sound /o/ whenever we hear it. "Oooscar looost his frooog and found it in a looog." Now let's say it once more, but this time let's break the words up. "/O/scar l/o/st his fr/o/g and found it in a l/o/g." Great job everyone! Let's pat ourselves on the back for doing such a fine job.
4. Blending game: I will say the word in a secret code. If you can break the code, tell me the word. The word is /f/ /o/ /x/. What is the word? Great job! Fox is the correct answer. Let's play some more. I will say a word in a secret code. If you can break the code, tell me the word. The word is /r/ /o/ /k/. What is the word? Wonderful! Rock is the correct answer. You all are great at breaking my secret codes.
5. Listen to the sounds in the word /l/ /o/ /g/. Count the sounds in the word /l/ /o/ /g/. Good job! Three is the correct answer. Let's do one more of these. Listen to the sounds in the word /s/ /t/ /o/ /p/. Count the sounds in the word /s/ /t/ /o/ /p/. Right again! Four is the right answer. You all are experts at this game.
6. Do you hear /o/ in frog or cup? Mop or mat? Slap or sock? Boat or box? Great job! Those are all correct answers.
7. For assessment, give students a list of words and I will read the words to each student. They will tell me which words have the /o/ sound in it.
Reference: Eldridge, Lloyd, J. (1995). Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Chapter 5, pg.169.
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