"My closet full of blends"
Beginning Reading
Tiffany Taylor

shirt                    pants              skirt  

Rationale:
In order for children to be successful readers they must acquire the skill of blending and understand how each letter blends together to create a word. The following activity will give children a fun and engaging way to learn this skill. As a result of this activity students will be able to blend sounds together to form words.

Materials:

Procedure:
  1. Ask  the students: Does anyone know the special trick to reading? The special trick is called blending. Blending is what we do when we read words, when we read words we push all the sounds that the letters make together and that's what makes the word.
  2. Today we are going to blend some short i words. Does everyone remember what sound short i makes? Great! The short i makes the /i/ sound, like icky sticky (shake your hands and say /i/).
  3. Now that we know what sound short i makes, I wanat everyone to listen while I blend together these sounds: /s/ /i/ /t/. sssssssssssssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttt. Did everyone hear the word I made from those sounds? I made the word sit! Now I am going to show you a fun way to remeber how to blend words.
  4. I will show the class my closet (shoe box) and explain that in my closet I have many different sounds. I will put the felt people up on the felt board and explain that we want to dress them. To have an outfit tou need a shirt and pants, you can't go to school without one or the other, can you? Just like you have to have letters to make a word, you have to have all the sounds together to make the word, right? So to make a word we need a shirt and a pair of pants, or skirt. Let's pick out an outfit, "O.k. I am going to pick this shirt (di) and this skirt (g) and I will model blending it. When we put the shirt and pants together we have an outfit, but when we put together(blend) the sounds we have a word. dddiiiiggggggg. What word did I make? dig! great job! Then I will have volunteers come up and demonstrate to the class how to blend.
  5. "Now I want you to practice blending at your desk. You will each be given a stick person and a couple of shirts and a couple pairs of pants.   I want to see how many words you can make by blending different outfits together.
  6. Have the children read Tin Man  Fix-It individually and note any miscues. While one child is reading have the other children continue to blend at their desks.
  7. Review teh story and my closet full of blends procedure. For more practice do this same activity with different sounds. Maybe have each child make their own closet to store the sounds and blends that they have mastered.

References:
“Blending Bumper Cars”
by: Anna Maner
http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/breakthroughs/manerbr.html

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