Letter Ladder Slide 


By: Kym Brazeau
Beginning to read


The students will learn how to blend sounds with a fun concept in order to read more fluently. This lesson is like a game, which will influence the children to try to sound out, spell, and read the words. For children to learn how to read, they must learn to blend sounds together to form the words. This lesson will help students correspond the letters and sounds so they can become more skilled in reading.


·        Chalkboard

·        Magnetic alphabet pieces: should have multiple letters so that there are enough to spell different words that may have repeated letters.

·        Cowley. Joy. The New Road. 1991. New Zealand. Shortland Publications.


1.      First draw a long slide with a ladder that leads to it on the board. Discuss with the students about how much fun it is to play on the slide. Ask them what happens when they go down a slide.

2.      Make up a story to go along with the blending concept you are trying to teach. For example, vowels love to play on slides too. Sometimes they like to go down the slide together. “Has anyone ever seen a boat before? Does anyone want to try and spell the word boat? When these two letters are together they make the long /O/ sound. Let’s say it together, /O/. Can anyone think of a word that might be spelled the same way?”

3.      I will read the story, the New Road, so that the students can see and hear different words with the /O/ sound. After the story I will ask the children to point out any other words that have the /O/ sound.

4.      I will keep the made up stories going by adding different letters before and after the vowels. I will model for the children as I am talking. For example, “b” wants to go up the ladder first. As “b” is going up the slide the children will sound it out. Next, the vowels o_ a want to go up the ladder and down the slide together. Then they follow “b” up the ladder. “‘I” is too scared to go down the slide so wails at the bottom for “b”, “o”, and “a,” When “o” and “a” go down together they say /0/. So as “boa” goes down the slide the students will say /boa/. /boa/. /boa/ until they reach “t” at the end. The students then sound out the last sound and someone will call out. “boat!"

5.      The students can use the same story and just replace the end letters. This should give the children the idea that the letters “o" and “a" make the              long  /O/ sound when they are next to each other.


    The children will show me that they understand that the letters o_a say /O/ when they invent new words and spell known words.

#167. Letter Slide

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary Posted by Janice Harrison (i_teach@rocketmail.com). Teachers' World

       Westgate Elem., Cadiz, OH.

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