When You Want to Scream “UGH!”, A Hug Makes
stage in reading, children need explicit instruction in matching their
and graphemes in different correspondences in order to become fluent
readers. These are the building blocks
to their success down the road. The
short vowel correspondences are some of the most crucial because they
in almost all of our beginning words.
This lesson is designed to work on the u=/u/ correspondence
meaningful application and then follow up with a letter box lesson that
them see the correspondence in written words.
- A chart with, “When you Want to Scream
“Ugh!”, A hug makes you feel Snug” written on it.
- Letterboxes and letters for each student
to use (Words: 3 phonemes run, tug, mud,
bun, nut, luck 4 phonemes hunt, fund and 5 phonemes stump.) Letters: b, c, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, r,
s, t, u
- Primary Paper and Pencil for each
- Chart paper or Poster Board for a /u/
- Flashcards with the words: huz, nug,
fut, kun, and jup
- Book: Bud
the Sub (Short e book from classroom set)
- First, lets talk about the letter
U. Who can draw a u on the board for me? Very good. Today we are going to learn about u and
the sound that it makes often times in our reading.
- Most often, the
letter u makes the /u/ sound. What does
that sound like to anyone? To me, that’s the
sound that your mom or teacher may make when she is frustrated with you. She will throw up her arms and say, “Ugh!!”. Everyone get frustrated and put their hands up
and say, “Ugh!!” Respond: “Ugh!!!”
- Take out the
chart with: When you want to scream, “Ugh!!”, a hug makes you feel snug. Read the chart to the students and ask, “Do
you hear the /u/ sound in some of those words? Say
it with me this time and stretch out the words and throw up your arms
in frustration when you hear the /u/ sound. “
When you want to scream, UUUUUghh!!, a Huuuuug makes you feel
snuuuuuug.” Very good.
- We hear the /u/ sound in Ugh, Hug, and
Snug. Write those words on the board as you talk about each of
them. Do we hear the /u/ sound in dog?
(no) How about pig? (no) And bug?
- Now we are going to read the book Bud
the Sub. Introduce: Bud is a Sub-marine
that gets to meet and do lots of things with his owner Gus. Lets see what he gets into today in Bud the
Sub! Break the kids up in partners to read
and help each other out.
- Pass out letter box and letters to each
child. This should be an activity they are
familiar with from previous lessons, so we will tell them that we are
going to work with words with the /u/ sound today in our lesson. Give them an example by starting with the
words Bud and Sub that they should have seen in the book.
Show them how the sequence usually goes and then tell them
to start with 3 boxes out and spell the word Run. Check
the students to see if they are catching on, help those that may need
it, and then follow with the words tug, mud, bun, nut, luck, hunt,
fund, and stump.
- Instruct the students to take their Bud
the Sub books and get back with their partners and work to find all the
words with the /u/ sound. Have them take
their pencil and paper and make a list of the words.
- Bring the group back together and write
the words on a chart to make a word wall of /u/ sound words that they
have discovered in Bud the Sub. If any
were missed by the whole group, point them out and then review all
words at the end.
- Finally, for assessment I want to have
them do an oral assessment with me in individually to read the pseudo
words: huz, nug, fut, kun, and jup to see if they have mastered the
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