Chewy, Chewy Chocolate
Beginning to Read Lesson Design
By:  Rachael Harbin

Rationale:  For children to be able to read words they must recognize the phonemes in a word.  Some phonemes can be made up of two letters making one special sound.  These phonemes are called digraphs.  One digraph that is sometimes difficult for children to recognize is the /ch/ sound.  Children will learn to recognize the /ch/ digraph by reading and spelling words that contain the digraph.  After the lesson children will know that when c and h are put together they make the /ch/ sound.

Materials:  one copy of the poem Children, Children Everywhere by: Jack Prelutsky, chewy chocolate chip cookies for students, copy for each child of Chip Gets a Dog published by Steck Vaughn Company, a card for each child with ch written on one side.

1) Today we are going to talk about two letters that we have already learned about and the neat thing they do when you put them together.  Write c on board and see if students can identify its name and the sound it makes.  Write h on the board. Can anyone tell me what sound h makes?  Right- the /h/ sound.
2) When c and h get together they make one special sound, the /ch/ sound.  Okay, say that sound with me-/ch/.  Good.  Now I'm going to say a silly sentence and you say it after me.  Say "Charlie chose chewy chocolate and cherry cheerios."  Great, now lets really try to say the /ch/ sound in each word like this Ch..arlie ch..ose ch..ewy ch..ocolate and ch..erry ch..eerios.  Great job.
3) Now I am going to read a poem and every time you hear the /ch/ sound I want you to hold up your ch card.  Read poem Children, Children Everywhere.  Let students pick out the /ch/ sounds.  Model this with first line of poem.
4) Pass out copies of Chip Gets a Dog and a chocolate chip cookie to each child.   I want you to read the book and try to remember what words you hear or see /ch/ in.  After you have read the book you can eat your chewy chocolate chip cookie.
5) Now I want you to write your own tongue twister about Chip from the story using as many ch words as you can.
6) Assessment: I want everyone to make a list of all the words they found in the story that have the /ch/ in them. Have students bring lists to me one by one and read the words aloud to me.  Have them identify what letters are making the /ch/ sound.  Other students should be working on their words while I am talking with individual children.

 Murray, Dr. Bruce.  Reading Genie Website.  Retrieved October 20, 2002 from Auburn University Website:

Prelutsky, Jack.  Random House Book of Poetry for Children.  Random House: New York, 1983.

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