Rationale: In order to become successful readers, children must understand what sounds different phonemes make. Vowels are very important phonemes to learn and sometimes the short vowels are the hardest to learn and then read. After this lesson children should be able to identify, recognize and read the phoneme /i/.
Material:Elkonin letterbox set for each child, and larger set for teacher, letters (i, t, f, n, l, l, r, c, k, m, p, s, o) for students and a larger set for the teacher (all laminated), chart with tongue twister ãIzzyWizzy licked the icky, sticky iglooä on it, enough copies of ãTin Man Fix Itä ( AU Educational Insights), list of word written out (3-phoneme: it, fit, tin, ill, rick; 4-phoneme: mint, click, lips),
1 ö Introduction ãToday we are going to talk about the sound /i/. We are going to learn how to use it when we read and write. Letâs start off by saying this tongue twisterä Model the twister and then let them repeat after you. Do you hear this sound /i/ in these words? We are going to learn more about it.ä
2 ö Have the letters all laid out for the students to choose from, along with the letterboxes laid out. Begin by modeling in front of the class/group with the three phoneme words. "Everyone watch me as I use these words to put into the letterboxes. "Then let the children continue on their own with the other three phoneme words. Then move on as a class/group to the four phoneme words. Continue to model if there are any questions.
3 ö ãChildren now I would like us to put down your letters and letterboxes and when I spell a word on my letterbox (where everyone can see), without the letterboxes, you read it to meä. Have the class/group do this step together.
4 ö Pass out the book ãTin Man Fix Itä, and have the children read it. ãI want you each to hold your own book as you read it and I may make notes as you read, but it is only to help you.ä If possible to hear an individual child read the entire book you should do a running reading record on them so to be prepared to teach a following lesson.
5 ö To assess the childâs progress, have the child review by spelling the lesson words in the letterboxes, and a few other new words with this correspondence such as bin, Kim, bit, etc. This should help you decide if the child fully understands and recognizes the concept of /i/.
Resources: Eldredge, J. Lloyd,
Teaching Decoding in a Holistic Classrooms.
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 1995
www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/insights.cdavisbr.html. Icky Sticky Inchworm by Christie Davis
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