Mr. Doc

Beginner Reader

Catherine Moore

Learning the sounds of vowels is a very important aspect in learning to read. With out vowels the words will fall apart.  This lesson will introduce to thr student o=/o/.

Materials:  Letterbox and the letters c,o,p,b,b,s,n,o,t
           The book Doc in the Fog  By:  S. Cushman

            Worksheet with words: frog, nod, hop, hat, cap, hen, send

1.  Tell the class we are going to talk about the letter o today.  Then, ask if anyone can tell you the sound the doctor asks you to make when he looks down your throat?  Then discuss the sound with the class and have everyone make the sound out loud.  Tell the class that is what sound the letter /o/ makes when it is by itself.  
2.  Tell the students to listen to the tongue twister I am about to say carefully because you will have to repeat it.  Octopus Oliver over ate.  Tell the class to open their mouths really wide, like they do at the doctor, when they hear the /o/ sound. Have them repeat the tongue twister while doing that.  
3.  In small groups pass out the letterboxes.  Tell the students that each box represents a sound in a word.  For instance, if there are three different sounds, like in the word log, you will have three boxes.  Then show the students how to do the letterbox lesson using the word log, by placing L in one box, and o in one box, and g in one box. Have the students fold the letterbox to only show three boxes.  Tell the students to sound out the word bob and place each different sound they hear in a separate box.  Keep repeating this activity using the words: bob, cop, stop, and snob. Make sure you tell the students to change the number of squares to four when you start on the four phoneme words.  
4.  Write the words used in the letter box lesson, one at a time, on a board.  Ask the children to raise their hand if they can read the word on the board.
5.  Ask the students if they have read the book Doc in the Fog.  Do quick book talk:  Doc is magic. He can do magical things but today Doc is going to get into trouble.  You will have to read to find out what happens.  Give each student a book and tell them to read out loud in a very, very, soft whisper.  Walk around and scaffold the children if they need it.  

Assessment:   Pass out a worksheet to the children.  On the work sheet will be words with the correspondence o=/o/ in them and also words that do not.  The teacher will say a word and the student will have to circle the word she said. Use this to assess the children.

Cushman S. Doc in the Fog.  Educational Insight.

Murray, B. A and T. Lesniak. (1999). The letterbox Lesson: A Hands on approach to teaching decoding.  The Reading Teacher, 52, 644-650

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