Irreplaceable Liz

Beginning Reading
Stephanie Hagler

Rationale:  Successful reading is linked to a level of children's phonic awareness training.  This particular lesson will focus on the short (i-/i/).  Students will review the short "i" and take a look at the letter "i" in hopes of gaining further knowledge of the correspondence "i".

Materials:
*primary paper
*pencils
*Liz is Six (class set)
*Word list
*Letters
*Elkonin boxes

Procedures:
1)  today we are going to study about Liz and her magic number six, but first can someone name something that they have that is irreplaceable (something that you can't replace).  I'll give an example and then you all can raise your hands to share your ideas with the class.  To me my family is irreplaceable; they are so special and such a wonderful part of my life.  Okay, your turn!:)

2)  Now, lets practice making the "i" sound.  Repeat after me.  Now, lets try a tongue twister:
The icky igloo is irreplaceable.  Now, lets say it again.

3)  Okay, now ask the students to take out their primary paper and pencil to practice writing short "i" sound we've been practicing.
Lets start off with some words that have the short "i" sound.  Give an example...sit.  My two pugs love to sit and watch t.v. Sound out each phoneme in sit.  SSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIITTTTT.  Have students volunteer new words to list on the board and practice writing.

4)  Now that you all have done such a great job, I am going to try to do a magic trick and trick you all, but i'm sure I can't.  Let me know which of the two words you hear the short "i" sound in.  Here's an example.  Are you ready?? Do you hear the "i" sound in icky or patty?  Great, it's icky.  I can't fool you all.

5)  To assess everything we've done have a list of words ready and pair students so they can use the wonderful Elkonin Blocks to spell and read.  Have students number off using the "i" and "a" sounds.

Word Phoneme Group:
Bit-3
Sit-3
Spin-3
Snip-4
Kid-3
Lip-3
Slip-4

6)  Have students pair up and read Liz Is Siz by Educational Insights and have student clap when they hear the "i" sound in the story(The second time read).  Review the "i" sound and get the stuents ready to learn a new correspondence later on!
(Also, have the teacher walk around to each group:)

References:
Murray, B.A. and T. Lesniak.  (1999).  The Letterbox Lesson:  A hands on approach to teaching decoding.  The Reading Teacher, 52, 644-650.
*Samantha McCullars-Excellent Red-
http:///www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/discov.mcullarsbr.html

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