Roaring with the letter R!
Brooke Erickson

Emergent Literacy Lesson Plan

Rationale: This lesson will help students identify /r/ represented by R.  They will learn to recognize the phoneme by a representation and the letter symbol R.  Students will be able identify /r/ in spoken and written words.

Materials: Paper and pencil; word cards with RUN, ROAR, FROG, FEAR, MAKE, TIME; picture of a roaring lion; chart with “Randy the roaring lion runs randomly to Rome”

Procedures: 1. Say: Today we are going to learn about the letter R.  the letter R makes the same sound as a lion roaring. Can you roar like a lion?

2. Notice that when you roar like a lion your mouth is open and your tongue curls to the top of your mouth.

3. Do you hear the roaring lion in the word run? Stretch out the word run and tell me where in the word you hear the roaring lion.

4. Let’s say this tongue twister together and listen for the roaring R. “Randy the roaring lion runs randomly to Rome”.  How many times did you hear the roaring lion in that tongue twister?

5. Now lets practice writing the letter R. For the capital R start at the hat line and make a straight line down to the shoe line. Then take your pencil back up to the hat line and make a round belly and bring your pencil to the belt line. Then from the belt line make a diagonal line down to the shoe line.  For the lowercase R start on the belt line and make a line straight down to the shoe line. Then take your pencil back up to towards the belt line and make a small hump.

6. Now lets listen for the roaring lion in spoken words. Raise your hand if you can tell me if you hear the roaring lion in raisin or jump. What about rake or bake?

7. When I hold up a word card first look at the word and silently read it, then raise your hand if you think the roaring R is in the word. Hold up FEAR, is there a roaring R in this word? If so where do you hear the roaring R? What about RUN? If so where do you hear the roaring R? Hold up FROG, does this card say FROG or LOG? Does FROG have the roaring R in it? Where? What about MAKE, does you hear the roaring R? What about ROAR? What about TIME?

8. For assessment I will call students one by one to my desk to read the word cards and to identify if they hear the roaring R in each word. If they do hear the roaring R in the word I will have them tell me where in the word they hear it.

References:
http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/projects.html


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