Always Zip Your Zipper.

 


Ashley James
 

Emergent Literacy Lesson Design

 

Rationale

Learning to read and write all depends on cracking the alphabetic code and become phonologically aware.  Students must understand that these strange symbols are actual meaningful letters that tell us something.   The goal for this lesson is for students to successfully  identify the grapheme 'z' and its associated phoneme.  Students will 1, learn to recognize the phoneme /z/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (zipping a zipper).  2, Learn to identify the grapheme z in written words by practicing finding the z in given written words.  And 3, students will apply phonological awareness by adding the grapheme z to the beginning of a word and pronouncing the word.

 

 Materials

Picture of a zipper with embedded z and tongue tickler “Zipper Zed Zoomed to the Zoo.”

Primary paper and pencil

Word cards (step 5): buzz, school, PIZZA, sit, prize, HAPPY, win, ZIT, zigzag

Word cards (step 6): (z)oom, (z)oo, (z)ebra, (z)ap, (z)ero, (z)ipper, (z)innia, and (z)one.   *the 'z' will not be written on the cards, just the rest of the word*

The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!  by:  Steve Martin. New York, New York. Doubleday. 2007.

Assessment worksheet (URL provided below)

 

Procedures

Say:  "The alphabet is a tricky code that tells us what letter stand for.  The different letters tell us how to move our mouth.  Today, we are going to work on recognizing the letter z and how our mouth moves when we say zzzz.  The letter z sounds like we are zipping up our zipper."

Say: "Let's pretend to zip up our zipper.  Ready?  /z/ /z/ /z/.  Very good.  Did you notice that when we make the /z/ sound that our teeth touch?  Lets try it again and make sure we make our teeth touch.  Ready? /z/ /z/ /z/.  Awesome!  Let's see if we can find the /z/ sound in the word buzz.  Hmm, if I say it slow like b-b-b-u-u-u-z-z-z-z-z, I feel my teeth touch at the end of the word.  So the z must be at the end.  Now you try it.  Do you hear /z/ in jazz?"

Say: "Okay, look at this picture.  What is it a picture of?  That's right, a zipper.  I have a fun tongue tickler I want you to remember.  Zipper Zed Zoomed to the Zoo.  Can you say that with me?  Okay, try it by yourself.  Now we are going to see if we can tell which of the words has the /z/ sound.  Remember, the /z/ sound makes us touch our teeth together like we're zipping our zipper.  Lets say each word slowly.  If you hear the /z/ sound, I want you to pretend that you're zipping your zipper.  If you don't hear the /z/ sound, I just want you to be still.  Now I want you to say the /z/ sound then the rest of the word.  For example I would say /z/ ipper for the word zipper."     

Say: "Now that we know what sound z makes, lets practice writing a z.  I'm going to show you, then I want you to try.  For a capital z, we start at the rooftop and make a seven and then go back.  Let me see you make a row of capital z's.  To make a lowercase z, we start at the fence and make a seven and then go back.  Let me see you make a row of lowercase z's." 

Say:  "Let's practice recognizing z's in a word.  I'm going to show you a word.  If it has a z in it, I want you to pretend to zip your zipper."  Show the student cards 1 at a time.  Words will be: buzz, school, PIZZA, sit, prize, HAPPY, win, ZIT, zigzag.

Say:  "I'm going to show you part of a word and say it.  I want you to add a z to the beginning of it and tell me what the word will be.  For example, if I show you oom, and say /oom/ I want you to write oom on your paper, then add a z to the front of oom so it looks like zoom and then say /zoom/."  Words will be (z)oom, (z)oo, (z)ebra, (z)ap, (z)ero, (z)innia, (z)ipper, and (z)one.  Make sure students know what a zinnia is.

Say:  "We are going to look at a book.  It is called The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!  by:  Steve Martin.  This book has every letter of the alphabet.  We are going to look and read about the letter z.  What sound does z make?  Good. Now I want you to listen for the /z/ sound and zip your zipper every time you hear it."  Read page 51 from The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!  by:  Steve Martin and Roz Chast. Copy page 51 from the book and the associated picture (1 set for each student). 

For assessment, have students complete worksheet (the URL is provided below).   Students are to copy the word in the space provided and circle the z's.  In the last box, they will think of a word that starts with 'z', draw it, and write it using invented spelling.  Then the students will individually read their words to the teacher, zipping their zipper each time they hear the /z/ sound.

 

 References

Rachel Williams, My Munching Mouth http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/breakthroughs/rwilliamsel.html

 

Assessment worksheet: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/abc/little/z/


The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!  by:  Steve Martin. New York, New York. Doubleday. 2007.



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