Rationale: Letter recognition is one of the two best
predictors of first year reading achievement. Children need to be able
recognize letters when they see them and connect a meaning to that
symbol. The goal of this lesson is to
the letter s. We will
learn how to write upper and lower
case s and identify /s/ in written
and spoken text.
primary writing paper for each student, pencil for each student,
with tongue twister, pointer, primary lines on chalk board. Chalk,
cards, picture print outs of words: bus, shoe, car, snake, stove, cat,
apple, giant S, worksheets with pictures of words snake, shoe, shovel,
shirt, and table, scissors, glue, dinosaur cut outs for each student,
Night at the Dinosaur Stomp.
- Review the letters a-r. Introduce the letter s. Today we will learn the letter s. The s says /s/.
When you make the /s/ sound you hiss at your tongue and your
lips move apart. First model then ask the
class to try.
- Ask the students if they hear a /s/ in
bus or car? In sit or lay?
In silly or mean? In snake or
- Read the tongue twister on the chart
paper and point to each word. Everyone say
it together "Sally the silly slithering snake is sad!"
Then say it again as a class dragging out the beginning /s/. When you hear the /s/ move like a snake.
- Have student stake out primary paper
and pencil. Model an s on
the primary lines on the board. For the
upper case S make a little c from
the roof to the fence then come down and around to the sidewalk. Now try a whole line of capital S. Walk around the room and observe the letter
writing complementing and helping those who need it.
Once all the children have finished, model a lower case s on the primary lines on the board.
Under the fence make a small c and curve it
around to the sidewalk. Now try it on your
paper, do a whole row. Walk around the
room to observe.
- Now hold up different full page
pictures of things that do and do not have an s in
them such as: bus, shoe, car, snake, stove, cat, and apple. When I hold up a picture that has the /s/
sound in it hold up your s cards.
Pass out a work sheet and a big S. The worksheet should have pictures of a snake,
shoe, shovel, pear, shirt, and table. The
children are to cut out the shapes and glue the pictures that start
with s on their big S.
- Now read the book Saturday Night
at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Shields. This
is a book about dinosaurs getting ready for a party.
Then dancing all night and sleeping on Sunday.
Once we have read the story once we will reread it picking
out words that have the /s/ sound. The
children will then be given dinosaur cut outs to write what they would
do at a party with dinosaurs. Have the
children use invented spelling in their story. After
they have written a story they may flip it over and color the dinosaur. Display their work.
- Students should be assessed on holding
the s cards on the correct words. For
better assessment take up the big S and determine if
they glued on the right pictures.
First-Grade Studies Report
Night at the Dinosaur Stomp. Sholastic Inc.:NY, NY.
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