Beginning Reading Design
Rationale: Phonemic Awareness is a vital part in
reading. Without Phonemic Awareness children are unable to recognize
phonemes in spoken words. With that said it is critical for beginning readers to
clearly understand the alphabetic principle. Vowels are the
hardest concept to learn, therefore a lot of time and practice is
necessary. This lesson is designed to have the children
recognize, spell, and read words that contain the correspondence
The students will learn meaningful representation of the letter and
have plenty of practice with written and spoken words which contain
paper, pencils, book Red Gets Fed
for every student, letter boxes and letters (r, g, e, t, b, d, m, n, f )
Today we are going to learn about short
e. Has anyone ever stretched for a
really long time? When you stretched did
you make a sound that sounded like Ehhh? (Model) I know when I stretch
sometimes make the ehhh sound as I am stretching my legs and arms out. Let’s all practice stretching together and
making the Ehhhh sound. That’s
right! It sounds like you really needed
that stretch! Good job!
2. Now I want you to listen
to this tongue twister: “Ellie, the
eggplant colored elephant, especially loves eggs”. Now lets say it
together, but this time I want you all to stretch your arms up when you
hear the /e/ sound: “Ellie the eggplant colored elephant especially
loves eggs.” Good job!! Now listen
closely, do you hear /e/ in let or lot? pet or put? Ted or Todd?
3. Let’s all take out our primary writing paper
and our pencils. Now,
I want everyone to think really hard of a word that has short e sound
in it and write in on your primary writing paper. Keep
your paper out so that we can go back to it later.
4. Now I want everyone to pull out their
letterboxes and their letters. Remember
each box will have a different phoneme in it.
(I will demonstrate for them on the board) When
I spell the word pet, I will only need
three boxes because there are three phonemes.
Show them on the board by drawing three boxes.
Can everyone say the word pet with me? Good
Now I want to spell the word peck.
Peck has three phonemes just like pet does, so I will only need
boxes. But, peck has four letters, so
where do we put the fourth letter?
Let’s say the word peck together, peck, and see there are only
mouth movements in peck. I will put /p/
in the first box, /e/ in the second box, and /ck/ in the third box. Now read the word, peck. Good!
5. Now it is your turn to try some. I want
you to listen to the words that I call
out and use your letterboxes and letters to spell the word using the
number of phonemes. The first word is
Ed, how many phonemes are in the word Ed? Two, so you would only use
letterboxes for the word Ed. I would
continue by having the children spell the following words:
3- red, get, 4- mend, sent.
6. Now take out the book Red Gets Fed. Book
Talk: This is a book about a dog who is hungry and he goes around
to everyone in the house to try and get fed. Do you think that he
will eventually get fed?" Let's all read aloud to ourselves. As
you are reading I will come around and listen to each of you.
After you have all read the book individually I will read the book out
loud to you and I want you to stretch your arms into the air when you
hear the /e/ sound."
assessment: "Now I want all of you to now
pull out your primary writing paper with the word that you wrote on it
earlier. I want you to write a sentence
using the short e word that you have chosen.
When you are done writing your sentence underline the word that
you used for your short e sound, and bring it up to
me one at a time.
When you come to my desk I will have a short list of words for you to
read. (Words: lend, rent, set, when) to make sure that we
all understand the short /e/ sound.
Bruce Murray: Information
from class lecture notes.
Reading Genie Website: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/begin/boggsbr.html
Sheila. Red Gets Fed. Educational Insights: Carson, CA. 1990.
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