Dr. Oliver makes us say “Ah”
By: Chelsi Simmons
Rationale: A key component to children’s success in reading is phoneme awareness. In order to become phonemically aware children need to understand and be familiar with the various sounds that make up written words. Vowel sounds are the most important phonemes that children can learn, because they can be found in every written and spoken word. Without the proper knowledge of vowel sounds, written words cannot be correctly decoded. This lesson will focus on the vowel correspondence o=/o/. This lesson will teach students to recognize the correspondence o=/o/ in spoken and written words. They will learn the /o/ sound by learning a meaningful representation, and learn to spell and read words that contain the o=/o/ correspondence through a letterbox lesson.
Materials: Elkonin boxes for each child, letter tiles for each child (a, c, f, g, h, l, m, o, p, r, s, t) in a zip lock bag, copy In The Big Top for each child, paint stick signs 2 for each child (one that says Ah and one that says No), overhead projector, Cards that have picture of items that contain the o=/o/ sound (ex. Mop, sock, clock,) and items that don’t contain the /o/ sound (cat, broom, dice)
1. Introduce the o=/o/ correspondence. “We are going to imagine that we are going to Dr. Oliver’s office for a check up, and he needs us to open up our mouth and say Ah. That same Ah sound is the sound that o makes.” Introduce the following tongue twister: Dr. Oliver had an operation in October. Model the tongue twister first then allow students to say it with you and stretch out the /o/ sound.
For further assessment make a set of flashcards that contain words with the o=/o/ phoneme, and allow students to read the flashcards. (words can be selected by teacher or tutor some examples are: mop, sock, clock, dot, top, lock, pot, not)
Jennifer Pegues, Summer 2004. Picky Pig
Murray, Bruce and Lesniak T. (1999). The Letterbox Lesson: A hands-on Approach to teaching decoding. The reading Teacher, 52. 644-650.
Book: In The Big Top Educational
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