Uhh--I Need an Umbrella!!

Boy in rain

By: Brittany Ballard

Beginning Reading



Rationale: Before becoming skillful readers, children must understand the relationship between graphemes and their phonemes. This lesson will help children understand the correspondence u = /u/ by saying the sound /u/, focusing on what moves the mouth makes when saying the sound, spelling and reading words with u=/u/ using a letterbox lesson and reading a new book.



White board and marker

Chart paper with tongue tickler: Uncle Plum left his Umbrella Under the rug.

Assessment: worksheet with picture illustrating correspondence u = /u/ (linked below)

List of the following read-aloud words: up, down, skunk, snake, brush, comb, shut, open

List of letterbox words:

3: bug, cub, puff, bun, not (review)

4: plug, grin (review), hunt, bump, shop (review)

5: truck

Letterboxes for each student

Letter tiles (one set for each student): b, c, f, g, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, y

Copy of "Fuzz and the Buzz" for each student, and one for teacher (Phonics Reader, 1990)



Good morning class! Today we will be learning about the letter /u/ and the sound it makes. The letter u makes the sound uhhh "Do you know how your mouth and lips move when saying different words? When we say /uh/ our mouth is barely open and our tongue is lowered inside our mouth." Let's practice this. You can also remember the /u/ sound placing your finger up to your chin as if you were in deep thought with your mouth still barely open. Practice that sound with me uhhhh.  Make sure to put your finger to your chin like this! (Demonstrate again). Let's try one more time uhhh.  Great job!


(Hold up chart paper with tongue twister) Now class, I am going to tell you a funny sentence that can help us remember the sound that /u/ makes.  I'll say it first:  "Uncle Plumm left his Umbrella Under the rug".  Now, I am going to slow it down and I want you to listen for the uhhh sound okay? : uuuuuncle Pluuuuum left his uuuuumbrella uuuuunder the ruuuuug.  Could you hear the uhhh sounds that time?  Now, say it with me slowly and when you hear the uhhh sound.  Remember to put your finger to your chin when you hear the uhhh sound!  Uuuuncle Pluuuum left his uuuumbrella uuuunder the ruuuug.  Great job!  Let's break off the uhhh sound in each of these words: /u/-ncle, p-l-/u/-m, /u/-mbrella, /u/-nder, r-/u/-g.  Very good class!


Now class, I need you all to listen very closely!  I am going to say pairs of words and I want you to tell me which word has the /u/ in it: up or down, snake or skunk, brush or comb, shut or open.  Very good class! 


Letterbox lesson time since we now know what the sound /u/ makes! I am going to pass out your letterboxes and letter tiles.  Do not start working until I tell you to.  Now, watch me spell the word run.  (Model how to spell "trust"[t], [r], [u], [s], [t] by placing one phoneme in each box on the letterbox drawn on the white board. (Should have five boxes drawn out on the board). Tell students the appropriate number of boxes to lie out as you tell them each of the words to spell).  Ok, now I want you to spell these words: puff, bun, cub, not, plug, grin, hunt, shop, bump, truck (Say one word at a time and walk around to check the students' progress).  Every one did a great job spelling these words!


Now, I am going to write each of these words on the board and I want you to read them out loud.  (Write one word at a time on the white board and have the students read the words aloud as a class).


To get some more practice with the letter /u/, we are going to read the book "Fuzz and the Buzz."  This book is about a bear named Fuzz.  Fuzz likes to be outside and he especially likes to shake the trees.  But he forgets that there are other animals that live in the trees.  When he shakes one tree an animal gets upset and lets Fuzz know.  What kind of animal do you think this could be?  You will have to read to find out! (Pass out books to the students and let them know they can raise their hands if they need help).



To assess the children's learning of the letter u and its phoneme, students will complete an activity sheet with pictures. The pictures will be of some objects that have the letter u such as sun, nut, and rug. The students will complete the sheet individually and by writing the letter u in the words and then drawing a line to the corresponding picture. This will help me better understand which children know the letter u and its correspondence, and which children may need more practice



Bragg, Allison: Uhh, But My Umbrella!




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