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Research-Based Lessons Designed by Preservice Teachers
Auburn University
Spring 2007

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I. Emergent Literacy

Lessons for teaching letter recognition

Amy Whitcomb, Sammy the Slimy Snake
Cassie Simpson, The B Beat
Jenny Duvall, Hip-Hop
Michelle Mazza, Bouncing and Dancing With B and D
Lizzie Fain, Sneaky Snake
Amy White, Pretty, Pretty Queen!
BeLinda Thornton, Pigs Love Pink Pancakes
Collier Daniel, Silly, Silly Snake
Meredith Willis, b or d: What Do You See?
Emily Tyler, The Cat in the Hat
Holly Kilgore, Pink Puffy Pig
Hilary Shell, Zippy at the Zoo
Kimberly Barton, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Margo Sexton, Disney's Magical Letters

Lessons for teaching phoneme awareness

Emily Young, Smile and Say EEEEE!
Maggie Saye, Itchy Izzy's Igloo
Amy Berger, Hurry Hurry!
Jennifer Falls, Eddie the Excited Elephant
Nicole Stewart, Sally's Silly Somersaults
Carlie Larson, The Cat in the Hat
Audrey Stockdale, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?
Chelsi Simmons, Silly Sally Sings Upside Down!
Eleanor McDavid, Sneezing to Learn About /a/
Liz Hooper, Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Yum!
Barret Freeman, Open Wide..And Say Ahh!
Emily Cole, G...G...Guzzle
Amy Lewis, Mmmm . . .Yummmy to My Tummy!
Trinity Dyess, Izzie's Igloo
Elizabeth Stevens, Sizzling Sausage
Lauren Faucett, Our Glittery Growing Garden
Jessie Wiggins, Icky, Icky, Sticky!
Meredith Pedersen, I Dunno!
Adriane Harden, Buzzing Bees
Rachael Elliott, The Bu"zzz"ing Bee
Amanda Cummings, Grandpa Ed
Whitney Patterson, Poppy P
Maggie Saye, Itchy Izzy’s Igloo
Heather Lewis, Eeee--It's a Mouse!

Lessons for teaching print concepts, segmentation, or blending
Margo Sexton, Blending with the Ocean


II. Beginning Reading

Lessons for teaching decoding with short vowels

Emily Young, Aaaaaaaaaa! You Scared Me!
Chelsi Simmons, Dr. Oliver Makes Us Say "Ah"
Nicole Stewart, The Door Is Creaky E
Eleanor McDavid, Aaa!  It's a Rat!
Michelle Mazza, Uhh, I Don't Know!
Jennifer Falls, Iiizzy is Iiicky Sticky!
Amy White, E-E-E-E-Extra E-E-E-E-Effort
Barret Freeman, Wash Your Hands..They Are Icky Sticky!
Emily Cole, An Icky Sticky Mess
BeLinda Thornton, The Squeaky Creaky Elevator
Collier Daniel, Uhhh, I Don't Know
Amy Lewis, Icky, Sticky!
Emily Tyler, Excellent Ehhhh
Lauren Faucett, U-u-under The U-u-umbrella!
Jessie Wiggins, Aaaaaaa…a Fast Crab!
Elizabeth Stevens, Elephants and Eggs
Trinity Dyess, Iiiiicky!
Adriane Harden, Uhhhh...I Can't Remember What Sound the U Makes
Amanda Cummings, /o/...I Can't Stop Yawning!
Lizzie Fain, Eddie The Elephant
Kimberly Barton, “Ehh?" Says Grandpa Edward
Hilary Shell, The Pink Pig Gets Icky Sticky
Maggie Saye, Uhhh, I'm Confused!
Amy Whitcomb, Ew! It’s Icky Sticky!

Lessons for teaching decoding with long vowels and other vowels

Amy Berger, Aye, Aye, Captain
Audrey Stockdale, O-O-O-O-O, I Get It!
Carlie Larson, Loud Cows All Around
Whitney Patterson, Easy E Street
Meredith Willis, O-o-o-oh, no-o-o-o!

Lessons for teaching decoding with consonant digraphs and other chunks

Cassie Simpson, Shiny Shells on the Shore
Jenny Duvall, Yellowish Fish
Liz Hooper, Shhhh… Something is Fishy!
Holly Kilgore, Chicka, Chicka, Choo, Choo
Meredith Pedersen, Shhhhelly Shhhhrimp
Rachael Elliott, Ssshhh, Look at the Fish
Heather Lewis, Ch-ch-ch-ch, ch-ch-ch-ch... Choo! Choo!

Lessons for teaching spelling


III. Growing Independence & Fluency

Lessons for teaching faster reading

Liz Hooper, On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!
Emily Young, Race Into Fluency!
Jenny Duvall, Speedy Reading
Carlie Larson, Lightning Speed Reading
Elizabeth Stevens, I Feel the Need....The Need for Speed!
Meredith Willis, Finish Line Fluency
Nicole Stewart, Sailing Away With Reading
Eleanor McDavid, Score a Homerun for Reading!
Michelle Mazza, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, You Can't Catch Me, I'm the Super Reading Man!
Amy Whitcomb, At Lightning Speed . . .
Jennifer Falls, Go, Go Speed Reader!
Barret Freeman, Read, Read, Read as Fast as You Can
Amy White 1-2-3 Go
Audrey Stockdale, Fast, Faster, Fastest
Emily Cole, Hopping Into Fluency
BeLinda Thornton, The Fast and the Fluent
Collier Daniel, Vroom, Vroom, Vroom! Off We Go!
Amy Lewis, Ready, Set, Read!
Emily Tyler, Reading With Speed
Holly Kilgore, Boogity, Boogity, Boogity--Let's Go Racing!
Jessie Wiggins, Ready? READ!
Trinity Dyess, Oh Look, You're Fluent!
Meredith Pedersen, ZOOM! Speed Reading
Lizzie Fain, Tigers Run Fast, I Read Fast!
Kimberly Barton, Speedy Gonzalez Reading
Hilary Shell, Speeding into Fluent Reading
Whitney Patterson, Ready, Set, Speed Read!
Heather Lewis, Just "Itching" to Read More Fluently!
Margo Sexton, Rounding the Bases!

Lessons for teaching smoother, better phrased, or more expressive reading

Amy Berger, We're Messin' With Expression
Chelsi Simmons, How Grouchy are You!
Cassie Simpson, Presenting Poetry
Amanda Cummings, Is That EXPRESSION I Hear?
Maggie Saye, Express Yourself!

Lessons for teaching children to read silently or voluntarily and avidly
Lauren Faucett, Lead Your Partner to a Good Book!
Rachael Elliott, SSHHH...Someone Is Listening
Adriane Harden, Shhh! Quiet as a Christmas Mouse

IV. Reading to Learn

Lessons for teaching summarization

Lizzie Fain, Let's Get It Together!
Cassie Simpson, To Sum It All Up . . .
Nicole Stewart, Let's Get to the Point
Eleanor McDavid, Become a "Summarizer"
BeLinda Thornton, How Do We Sum That Up?
Amy Whitcomb, So What's the Point?
Amy White, Fly High and Summarize
Barret Freeman, Let's Make a Summary...It's Easy as 1..2..3!
Meredith Willis, Stonehenge Summarizations
Audrey Stockdale, Sum it All Up
Emily Cole, Seeking Out the Facts
Collier Daniel, Summarization Squids
Amy Berger, Don't Despise, Summarize!
Trinity Dyess, 1..2..3...You've Got a Summary
Jenny Duvall, Fantastic Facts
Emily Tyler, Sum it Up
Emily Young, Sum It Up!
Holly Kilgore, Simon Says Summarize
Elizabeth Stevens, Super Summarization
Jennifer Falls, Summaries, Summaries, and More Summaries!
Hilary Shell, Sum It Up
Jessie Wiggins, Let’s Get to the Point--Summarize!
Kimberly Barton, Star Summarizers
Maggie Saye, Sum It Up!
Whitney Patterson, Sum, Sum, Sum It Up!
Adriane Harden, Read All About It!

Lessons for teaching visualization
Carlie Larson, Picture Perfect
Chelsi Simmons, Picture a Terrific Pig
Michelle Mazza, Do You See What I See?
Liz Hooper, Paint Your Own Picture
Amy Lewis, Read It, Picture It!
Lauren Faucett, Picture Yourself There! Take a Look Into Your Book!
Meredith Pedersen, Movies In Your Head
Heather Lewis, Creating Images to Fill in the Holes

Lessons for teaching children to ask or answer questions
Rachael Elliott, Think First, Then Ask
Margo Sexton,
Why Ask WHY?

Lessons for teaching children about story grammar
Amanda Cummings, Detectives ask WHY!