Rationale: In order for children to have phoneme awareness they must learn phonemes and their letter correspondences. The phoneme /ch/ appears frequently in the English language. Therefore, it is very important to understand that these two letters go together to make one sound.
Materials: Poster with pictures of various things that have the /ch/ sound in them, such as chips, lunchbox, chair, and peach. Elkonin boxes and letter manipulatives for chase, chain, and chalk.
1. I will begin the lesson by letting the children know that when they see ch together in a word it actually makes only one sound. This is the /ch/ sound, kind of like when you sneeze and say achoo. “I am going to show you a poster with some pictures on it that have the /ch/ sound in them. As I point to the pictures I want you to tell me what the picture is. Great job! Let’s practice making the /ch/ sound together now.”
2. “Class, now we will learn how to write ch. First you start at the middle line and curve down to the middle line making a half circle. Then you start at the top line and go straight down to the bottom line. Then you go back up the fence and hump over to the ground.” I will then ask the students to make about five sets of ch and I will go around and observe them doing this.
3. Next I will read A Peach for Chad to the class and have them identify the words in the story that have the ch sound by raising their hands.
4. “I am going to give you two words at a time and I want you to tell me which word you hear /ch/ in. Base or chase, lady or child, coach or player, couch or table.”
5. “Now I want everyone to get out their letterboxes and the letters a,c,e,h,I,l,k,n,s. The first word will use three boxes, spell chase. Very good. The next word will also use three boxes, spell chain. Great. The last word will need four boxes, spell chalk. Great job!”
6. “Class I am going to write the three words on the board that we just spelled and I want you to make up three different sentences using them. See if you can come up with any other words with ch in them to put in your sentences.”
Reference: Eldredge, Lloyd J. (1995). Teaching Decoding in Holostics Classrooms. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
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