In order for children to learn to read they need to understand that a
phoneme can represent more than one letter. This is called a
diagraph. A diagraph is two letters that when together make one
sound. In this lesson, students will learn that when c and h come
together they make the /ch/ sound. The students will read and
learn to recognize words containing this diagraph.
Lower-case letters for each student
squares for each student
Ch worksheet for assessment
Martin, Bill Jr. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Simon & Schuster Inc.
1989. New York: NY.
Tongue Twister: "Charlie chopped chocolate while cheering cheers."
1. Today we are going to learn about ch. When c and h come
together they make the /ch/ sound. Let’s all say it
together (ch,ch,ch). Great! This is the sound we hear in words
like chocolate and chips. Let’s stress the ch in chocolate
(ch, ch, ch, chocolate). Wonderful!
2. Now we are going to say a tongue twister….that is full of ch
sounds. Charlie chopped chocolate while cheering cheers.
Now repeat. Good. Now let’s really stress the ch
sound when we say it this time. Ex. Chhhharlie chhhopped….
Fantastic! Look at how your mouth moves when we say /ch/. When
you make the ch sound your tongue starts at the roof of your mouth and
moves behind your teeth. Great job!
3. We will practice spelling words containing the ch sound using our
letter boxes. When we use our letter boxes only one sound can go
in each box. Is /ch/ one sound or two? One, right!
Words: 3[chip, chat, chug, chop, chick, chum], 4[chunk, chimp].
Next I will spell these words out on the overhead projector and ask the
students to read the words. Can anyone tell me what word this
is? Right, chip. Great!
4. I will have the students pull out their copy of Chicka Chicka Boom
Boom and read along with me. Have you ever seen a tree like
this? This is a coconut tree. In this story the first
letter of the alphabet challenges all the other letters to join her in
the tree. Will there be enough room? To find out we have
read. Every time we hear the /ch/ sound; we will stress the /ch/ by
saying CH! Let’s begin.
I will then pass out a work sheet containing ch words. The
student will circle the words that contain ch in them and match them
with their picture.
Lori Hunter: Ch, Ch, Ch, Charlie.
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