Icky Sticky Goo
Rationale: The alphabet is like a secret code made
phonemes, in order for students to be able to use it they must decode
understand it. The most difficult phonemes for students to learn are
Students must learn that each phoneme has a letter correspondence that
with it. In this lesson I will show the students the letter i=/i/.
The students will learn this
correspondence through meaningful representations and activities.
- Plastics letters for each student
- Elkonin boxes for each student (up to
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
- Picture of girl modeling the Icky
- Letter Boxes and letters for teacher
to model with
- Overhead projector
- Primary paper
- Pseudoword test for each student
- Okay guys the letter we are going to
learn today is the letter I
and the /i/ sound that it makes. Can everyone say the /i/ sound with
me? Good job!
- Now show the girl modeling Icky Sticky
and ask if anyone
has every gotten their hands icky sticky. Does everyone see what she is
doing with her hands? Okay, when we say the /i/ sound we are going to
shake our hands just like her. Show the kids the hand motion. Now lets
all practice. Say iiiicky stiiiicky with me while shaking your hands.
- Now write a tongue twister on the
board. It will say Izzy is into really icky things. Now we are going to
say a tongue twister together. Every time you hear the /i/ sound, shake
your hands and draw it out. I will show you first and then we will do
it together. Model the tongue twister and draw out the /i/ sound in
each word. Okay now all together, IIIIIzzy iiiis iiiiinto really
iiiiiicky thiiiiiiings. Good job everyone.
- Now we will practice finding the /i/
sound in spoken words. Do you hear /i/ in run or if? Hit or bat? Sip or
- Now pass out the Elkonin boxes and the
letters to each student. Get the overhead ready so that you can model
how to use the boxes for the students. First tell them that each box
stands for a sound that we hear in spoken language. Then model how to
spell it for them. Everyone pay attention, since it has two sounds in
it then I will only use two boxes. Then show them that iii, ttt goes
into two boxes since the ttt is a separate sound than the iii.
- Now the students can begin the letter
box lesson. Read each word to the students one at a time. Start with
two phoneme words and move up to five phoneme words. Walk around the
room after each word to look for anyone that needs help. Read this list
2[is], 3[rip, pick, big, sap], 4[hint, lips, sped], 5[split]. This list
includes review words for the kids so they can work on earlier vowels
also. If a student misspells a word pronounce it as is and then say, I
want you to spell (say the word).Have each kid raise their hand after
they are done and then you can check them.
- Next take up the boxes and the
letters. Now spell the words one at a time on the dry erase board and
have the kids read the words back to you so you can assess them. If
they have trouble with a word use cover up and show the class how to
use blending to help them figure out a word they do not know.
- Now pass out the book Tin
Man Fix It to everyone. Book Talks: In this book a boy is gardening
and the Tin Man is helping him. But a boy named Sid knocks the Tin Man
over and breaks him. We will have to read to see if anyone is able to
fix the Tin Man. Have the students pair up. Have each student read to
their partners at a level that will not disturb the class. When one
partner is done then the other partner reads the book.
- Next have students write a message on
primary paper and have them write about their favorite part of the book.
Assessment: After each student is done with their
have each student come up to you and read some pseudowords with the
correspondence /i/ for you. Tell them you want them to read some words
made up and silly. Have them read this list [ wid, sif, gib, rin, bik,
pid]. Note their miscues.
Izzy is Icky Sticky by Jennifer Falls:
Barret Freeman, Wash
Your Hands..They Are Icky Sticky!:
Bruce. How to Teach Letterbox Lessons
(reading genie website)
Readers Short Vowels: Tin Man Fix It. (1990). Carson,
St. Albans, Herts. (UK):
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