“Knowledge of letters and phonemic awareness have been
found to bear a strong and direct relationship to success and ease of
acquisition…” (Adams). Students must be
recognize letters and phonemes that make up words in order to be able
or write. This lesson teaches them the
letter sound correspondence o=/o/.
Pipe Cleaners (2
long, 2 medium, and 2 short for each child)
“David Gets in
Trouble” by David Shannon
- Introduction: “When we read a story we read the words that
are on the page right? Well what makes up
those words? Is it letters?
Yes! Good job!
Today we are going to use our smart glasses to help us find
certain letters. Let’s see if today we can
use those smart glasses to help us find the letter O.
Can anyone tell me what sound the letter O makes? /o/. That’s right! I have a tongue twister that I want you to
repeat that is going to help us remember that the letter O makes the
/o/ sound. Oliver had an operation in
October, and Oscar gave him an octopus. That
sounds funny doesn’t it? But it will help
us remember that sound.”
- Teach Background
Knowledge: Hold up a picture of glasses
and ask them “Can anyone tell me what this is a picture of? That’s right it is a pair of glasses! Do you know anyone who wears glasses? I wear them sometimes. Glasses
help people see things that they cannot normally see.
They help them pick out the small things, like certain
letters in a book. Can anyone tell me what
shape they see on the glasses? A circle? What letter kind of looks like a circle? O! That’s right. The pair of glasses has two Os in it! Good job!”
- Get pointer
fingers ready. “Ok, we are going to trace
an O in the air. Can anyone show me how we
would do it? That’s right!
Just make a big circle in the air! (Model for students). Now we are going to practice make those big Os
on paper. We are going to start at the
roof and curve our way down to the ground. Don’t
lift your pencil yet. Curve the line back
up the other side and meet it back at the roof. Good
job! You just made an O!
Remember not to go outside those lines or you might crash
into the ditch or fly away!
- “Now you know what
an O looks like so we are going to make a special pair of smart glasses. These glasses are going to help us pick out
the letter O in our story today.” Pass out
pipe cleaners to children (2 long, 2 medium, and 1 short).
Model for the children how to construct their glasses. “Now I want you to use those smart glasses to
find the letter O in our story and point to your glasses every time you
see the letter.
- Read the title of
the book “David Gets in Trouble”. Have the
children recognize which word has the letter O in it and point to their
glasses when they see it. Repeat as many
times as needed. “Ok, I’m going to read
the book to you and every time you see the letter O I want you to point
to your smart glasses. Remember those
glasses help you see things that you would not normally see so you are
going to have to look really close!”
Have the children walk around the room and find the letter O somewhere
on the wall and tell the class how they went about finding the letter O
wherever they did.
Adams, M.J. (1990) Beginning to Read:
Thinking and Learning
About Print. Center for the
study off Reading and the Reading
Research and Education Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Shannon, David. “David
Gets In Trouble”. Scholastic, Inc. 2002.
Adrienne. “O, Do You Know”.
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