Aaaa-Aaaa-Apple!

 

Holly Kubik

Rationale:  A key component to children’s success in reading is phoneme awareness.  In order for a child to become phonemically aware, they must first recognize short vowel sounds and learn to decode unfamiliar words. 

 

Materials:  Primary paper, tongue twister on chart paper (Apples fall in Adam’s hat on a path), picture page containing words such as dog, fat, mad, apple, pig, sit, hat, hen, frog, cat, hand  and mat, a dry erase marker, and A Cat Nap by Educational Insights.

 

Procedures:

1. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER EATEN SOMETHING THAT IT ROUND AND RED AND GROWS ON A TREE?  WHAT IS THAT THING CALLED?  THAT’S RIGHT—AN APPLE!  ALMOST EVERYONE HAS EATEN AN APPLE RIGHT?  TODAY WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE /a/ SOUND, LIKE WE HEAR AT THE BEGINNING OF /a/a/a/PPLE.  

2. I HAVE A TONGUE TWISTER WRITTEN ON THIS CHART THAT HAS A LOT OF WORDS WITH THE /a/ SOUND IN IT.  WHEN I POINT TO THE WORDS, I WANT YOU TO TRY TO HELP ME READ IT OUT LOUD.  READY?  (Read tongue twister as a group)  APPLES FALL IN ADAM’S HAT ON A PATH.  VERY GOOD!  LET’S READ IT AGAIN TOGETHER AND WHEN WE HEAR /a/, LET’S STRETCH IT OUT.  FOR EXAMPLE: /a//a//a/PPLE.  (Repeat while stretching out /a/) 

3. I will then give a short lesson on the proper way to write an “a”.  The children will write the letter on their primary paper while I am demonstrating it on the board. 

4. YOU GUYS ARE REALLY SMART!  NOW I AM GOING TO READ A REALLY GOOD BOOK TO YOU AND I WANT YOU TO LISTEN AND LOOK FOR THE /a/ SOUND IN THE WORDS.  THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT A CAT.  RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU HAVE A CAT.  THIS CAT IN THE BOOK LIKES TO TAKE NAPS—DO ANY OF YOU LIKE TO TAKE NAPS?  WELL, THIS CAT TAKES A NAP AND WAKES UP SOMEWHERE NEW!  WHERE DO YOU THINK HE IS?  HOW DID HE GET THERE?  LET’S READ TO FIND OUT!  (I will put all students with a partner so that they can read the book aloud together)

5.  Afterwards, I will give each student a picture page containing pictures and the name of the object underneath the drawing.  EVERYONE LOOK AT YOUR PICTURE PAGE.  THERE ARE SOME OBJECTS ON THIS PAGE THAT HAVE THE /a/ SOUND IT THEM.  WHEN YOU SEE THOSE WORDS, I WANT YOU TO CIRCLE THEM.  ANY WORDS THAT DO NOT HAVE THE /a/ SOUND PUT AN “X” THROUGH THEM.  DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

 

Assessment:

I will listen as the students are reading together and assist them as needed.  This will give me an assessment of each student’s decoding skills and comprehension of today’s lesson.  I will then collect the picture pages as a tool of assessment as well.

 
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