Allison's Alligator




   Allison Bagwell


Beginning Reading


Rational: For children to learn to read and write words they must have phoneme awareness. Phoneme awareness is the ability to recognize phonemes in the spoken language. Recognizing vowels in language poses as one of the most difficult phonemes for children to identify. This lesson will help give students a basic understanding of a=/a/ in reading text and writing words.



Class set of Elkonin boxes

Class set of letter manipulatives

Overhead Elkonin boxes and letter manipulatives - d,a,b,c,t,l,k,r,m,s,p,n

Worksheet with /a/ - (worksheet can be found on enchanted learning website-address below)

Book- Trouble for rat by: Dorthy Ledum



1)      Hello Class!! Today we are going to be learning about the short vowel A and the Sound that it makes. Every time you see an /a/ in a word, you will make the sound of a crying baby. I want everyone to try this right now·.ok, aaa=/a/!!! Very good baby sounds class!!! It is important that you know this sound because you will use it all the time.


2)      I have a tongue twister to teach you that will help you remember /a/·.

      Allisonās alligator is angry at Amy.


3)      (You will need the overhead and letter manipulatives) Now class I want you to name words that have /a/ in them.  Cat, yes cat has our /a/ sound. So to spell cat we listen to the sounds /c/, /aaaaaa/, and /t/. Continue to practice with more words using the Elkonin boxes).


4)      Very good job with naming words with /a/! Get out your boxes and letters so we can practice more words. After the students spell words have them leave their letters on their boards and come around and check their spellings. Start with three phonemes and then move on to four and five. 3- dad, bad, cab, 4- cart, mask, crab, 5-plant, spank


5)      When I spell a word on the board I want you as a class to all pronounce the word together. Spell the words on the board that they spelled letter manipulatives.


6)      I am going to read you a book and while I read I want you to recognize the /a/ sound. Read A Cat Nap aloud and practice locating the /a/ with them.


Assessment: Hand out a work sheet where they have to choose from different vowels. Ask them to circle which word has /a/. At the bottom of the work sheet ask them to color in the picture that has /a/ sound in it. Write words used in the book on the board and call on differnt students in the class to read from the board.



Murray, B.A. and Lesniak, T. (1999).  The Letterbox Lesson: a hands-on approach for teaching decoding.  The Reading Teacher.