Rationale: One of the two best
predictors of students' success in reading is their ability to
recognize and name letters of the alphabet (
By: Dr. Seuss
Enlarged letter T out of posterboard
Tongue twister on a sentence strip: Tim took his tick tock clock to town
Chart paper and marker
Primary paper (enough for each child) and pencils
Picture cards containing (bat, ball, hand, foot, tall person, short person, tree,
flower, dog, cat)
1. Introduce the lesson: "Today we are going to be learning about the letter T and the sound that it makes. We need to know about this letter because we use it to write different words and read lots of books. We are going to be learning how to write this letter too!"
2. Hold up the letter T and ask the children, "What letter is this? Right! This is the letter T. Does anyone know what sound it makes? It makes the /t/ sound, like in the words, 'trick and time.'"
3. Introduce the tongue twister to the students. Hold up the sentence strip: "Ok, now lets say the tongue twister together: Tim took his tick tock clock to town. Good!"
4. Practice writing the letters, both uppercase and lowercase with the children on chart paper. "Now, that we know what the letter T looks like and what sound it makes, we are going to practice writing it. Everyone get a pencil and the paper that I gave you. To make a big T, or uppercase, we will make a straight line at the top like this, and a line going down from the center of the other line. Now you try. To make the small T or the lowercase T, we will make another straight line going down, but this time we will cross it at the fence instead of at the top. I want you all to practice writing both of these letters and I’ll come around to see them."
5. Next, use the picture cards. Hold up a picture of a bat and a ball and ask which picture has the letter T in its name. "What pictures do you see here? Right! A bat and a ball. Which picture has the letter T in its name? Good! The Bat!" Do this with all the cards.
6. Read the book, ABC’s by: Dr. Seuss to reinforce the other letters of the alphabet, and the letter T. Ask the children to raise their hands when we arrive at the "T page."
7. For the assessment, give the children a picture sheet and have them write the letter t on the pictures that begin with that sound.
Marilyn Jager Adams (1990). Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About
Summary by Steven A. Stahl, Jean Osborn, and Fran
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