is the ability
skillful readers acquire which enables them to link known phonemes
produce a working word. If a child understands the idea of blending,
be able to read any word. If students get the right practice it will
decide more quickly on the word. This lesson will use the Body-Coda
blend because it is the easiest way to blend.
- Piece of poster board cut out in
the design of a baseball glove
- Red baseballs with the letters “a
(8), c (2), f(2), j, r (2), s” written on them and white baseballs
with the letters b, d, g, n, m, p, r, t written on them.
- Smaller versions of the same
baseballs for each student.
- Velcro that will let you to
temporarily stick baseballs with letters inside of the glove.
- A book like Educational
Insights, A Cat Nap, By Sheila Cushman, 1990.
- “Today we are going to learn
how to blend. Blending is a lot like rhyming. When you blend you have
to make each sound run together smoothly. Blending is a fun thing to do
and it is also very important. In order to read, we must first learn to
- Can anyone remember the sound
that the short a makes? That’s right! It says /a/, just like the sound
a crying baby makes. Today we will use the /a/ sound to blend our
letters together. Listen as I blend these letters together, /fa/ /n/,
faaann. Who can tell me the word they heard from those three sounds?
Very good, I said fan. Today we are going to learn a fun way to help us
remember how to blend words.”
- Show the children the cut out of
the baseball glove. You will now explain how to blend the
baseballs. “Can everyone tell me what this is? Right!
It’s a baseball glove. Well, this glove really wants to catch
some baseballs. However, it just cannot catch any baseball. He wants his baseballs to form a word!
Guess what! We can help!
have given you each a set of baseballs. The baseballs have
letters written on them. These letters make sounds. Our job
is to blend the baseballs so that we can give the glove some baseballs
that form a word! For example, in my hand I have two baseballs
with the letters b and a on them. These baseballs make the sound
“bbbaaaa” Who can tell me another baseball that I can add to these
to make a word? How about it? By blending these sounds together
we can make a new sound. This sound is a word! Listen as I blend them
together---/ba//t/---bbbaaaaattttt. What word did we make? Right, bat.”
- “Always remember that
different sets of baseballs will make many different sounds.”
Continue to model this with different letters until each child
understands what to do.
- “Now I want you all to go
back to your desks and practice blending the baseballs. I will give
each of you a set of baseballs. Remember that it takes two red
baseballs and one white baseball to make a word.” The white
baseballs should have letters b, d, g, n, m, p, r, t on them
and the red baseballs should have the letters a (8), c (2), f (2),
j, r (2), s on them. The students should have eight blending
baseballs when they are finished. “I want to see how many blending
baseballs you can make.” Walk around and make sure that the
students are blending each word accurately. Make notes for assessment.
- Now I am going to give each of
you a copy of A Cat Nap and I’m going to walk around and listen to each
of you read part of the story. Make miscue notes while
listening. “Everyone needs to start reading the story and if I don’t
get to you before you finish reading, just close your book, and
practice more blending. I will get to you as soon as I can and when I
do I will let you read part of the story to me.”
- To make sure that the students
completely understand how to blend, go over the procedure again during
the day and week. For more practice, do another lesson like this but
use a different vowel.
Blending by: Ashley Higginbotham http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/guides/higginbothambr.html
A Cat Nap, By
Sheila Cushman, 1990.