to have knowledge of letter-sound relationships that combine with
abilities to help them read words automatically. Students will be able
decide more quickly with some active and engaging blending experience
practice. This lesson will use the Body-Coda method to blend
is the easiest way to blend.
-piece of poster board
with a picture of a clown on it.
pieces of yarn that will serve as “strings” to the balloons. (They
should extend from the clowns hands into the
balloons with the letters “a (8), c (2), f, j, m, r (2), s”
written on them and green balloons with the
d, g, n, m, p, r, t
written on them.
versions of the same balloons for each student.
that will enable you to temporarily paste balloons with letters in the air beside the clown.
book like Educational Insights, A Cat Nap.
- “Today we are going to
learn how to blend. Blending is a lot like rhyming. When you blend you
make each sound run together smoothly. Blending is a fun thing to do
and it is also very important. We need to learn how to blend letters in
order to read.”
- “Does anyone remember
the sound that a short a makes? That’s right! It says /a/. Today we
will use the /a/ sound to blend our letters together. Listen as I blend
these letters together, /pa/ /n/, paaann. Did you hear the word that I
made from those three sounds? Very good, I said pan. Today we are going
to learn a special way to help us remember how to blend words.”
- Show the children the poster of the
clown. You will now explain how to blend balloons. “Can anyone
tell me what this is? Right! It’s a clown. Well, this
clown is very sad. He is sad because he would like some
balloons. However, he can’t just have any old balloons. He wants
his balloons to form a word! Guess what! We can help him!
- “I have given you each a set of
balloons. The balloons have letters written on them. These
letters make sounds. Our job is to blend the balloons so that we
can give the clown some balloons that form a word! For example,
in my hand I have two balloons with the letters p and a on them. These
balloons make the sound “pppaaa” Who can tell me another
balloon that I can add to these to make a word? How about t? By
blending these sounds together we can make a new sound. This sound is a
word! Listen as I blend them together---/p//a//t/---pppaaaaattttt. What
word did we make? Right, pat.”
- “Always remember that different sets
of balloons will make many different sounds.” Continue to model
this with different letters until each child understands what to do.
- “Now I want you to go back to your
seats and practice blending balloons. I will give each of you a set of
balloons. Remember that it takes two yellow balloons and one green
balloon to make a word.” The green balloons should have letters b,
d, g, n, m, p, r, t on them and the yellow balloons should have the
letters a (8), c (2), f, j, m, r (2), s on them. The students
should have eight blending balloons when they are finished. “I want
to see how many blending balloons you can make.” Walk around
and make sure that the students are blending each word correctly. Make
notes for assessment.
- “Now I am going to give each of you a
copy of “A Cat Nap” and I’m going to walk around and listen to each of
you read part of the story”. Make miscue notes while listening. “Everyone
needs to start reading the story and if I don’t get to you before you
finish reading, just close your book, and practice more blending. I
will get to you as soon as I can and when I do I will let you read part
of the story to me.”
To make sure that the
completely understand how to blend, go over the procedure again during
and week. For more practice, do another lesson like this but use a
adapted by Ashley Rials
Written by Ashley
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