Emergent Reading Level
For children to improve and understand reading
they have to understand that letters represent phonemes. Understanding
awareness leads to higher skills of reading alphabetic writing.
Cat’s Nap, Carson
Educational Insights, 1990.
Picture of an apple
Picture of a baby crying
- Introduce the lesson by showing the
pictures of the apple and the baby crying. Showing the apple first,
have the students tell you what the picture is. Repeat the children’s
response and drag out the /a/ sound at the beginning of the word. “What
letter does the word “apple” start with?” Then show the picture of the
baby, and ask what sound a baby makes when it cries? “That sounds like
the short /a/ sound.”
- Read several words to the children
with the short /a/ sound (mad, fast, add, ect.) and have the children
repeat the words all together by dragging out the /a/ sound.
- Read the children a tongue twister
using the short /a/ sound and have the children repeat it again
dragging out the /a/ sounds in each word. For example, “Allison is mad
at Adam and Dad.” Have the children make up their own tongue twisters,
always using the correct correspondences and dragging out the short /a/
- Using our writing paper practice
writing the letter “a.” Have the child write the “a” at least 6 times.
- Read A Cat’s Nap and
concentrate on the /a/ sound each time. To reinforce, remind them that
the short “a” sounds like a baby crying.
- To assess the children, have a
worksheet with pictures of words starting with the short /a/ sound and
words starting with other short vowel sounds. Have the children color
in the pictures starting with the /a/ sound only.
Cat’s Nap, Carson GA: Educational Insights, 1990.
Sanders, “F” Is For Fish,http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/insp/sanderscel.html
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