Old Lady Says /A-A-A/ ?
1. In this lesson, the teacher will explain that
we have already found two ways to spell /A/, but today we are going to
learn another. Remind them that writing is a secret code
and this is our next 'code-breaker.'
· "Today we are going to look at another way to spell the sound /A/. This may sound tricky, but we will get lots of practice!"
2. Remember our old lady that says /A-A-A/? Well, today we are going to discover another way to write down the sound /A/. Let's stretch it out like our old lady says /A-A-A/. Good. Do you hear /A/ in day or die? Good. That's right, day has our /A/ sound. Let's stretch it out d-/A/.
3. Now, lets look at our tongue twister (point to each word). "Fay and Kay will lay on the bay all day." Let's do it slower this time and listen for the /A/ sound. Now, let's stretch it out. Have children pick out /A/ words and write them on the board. Let's split up our first word. /f/-/A/. Which letters do you think made the /A/ sound? Discuss how ay=/A/ is another way for our old lady to say /A-A-A/?
4. We can find ay=/A/ in all kinds of words. I'm going to write a sentence on the board and watch how I can find the ay=/A/. "Jay and Frank say that May has pretty days." While reading, model decoding. For example, /j/·Well, I know ay=/A/, so /j/-/A/. Jay! (Do whole sentence like this).
5. Now, each student is going to get letterboxes and some letters. I'm going to use my overhead letterboxes. Now, we will do a couple together (three letterboxes). Stay. /s-s-s/. That's my /s/ sound. /t-t-t/. There's my ticking clock, so I know that's my t. /A-A-A/. There's our old lady sound we learned about today. /s/-/t/-/A/. Stay! Now, you follow along with your letterboxes. Our next word is 'lays'. Guide children (do same as before, but let children do their own). Point our how our /A/ sound is in the middle. Then, walk around, say a word, check spelling and continue.
6. Students buddy read Jane and Babe (Educational Insights) together. Children should read it once for meaning. After a discussion of the book is completed, have children find the ay=/A/ words while you read aloud. Each time they hear a word, they should put their hand up to their ear like the old lady saying /A-A-A/. Then, go back and put the words on the board. Then, have children write about their favorite day.
7. For assessment, call each student up while working
on journals and have them read the sentence, "Today, Jane may stay out
and play." Check for correct use of the ay=/A/ correspondence.
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