Can Beat N
Emergent readers must be familiar with phonemes
can begin using the alphabetic code. This lesson will focus on the
sound /n/ and helping children identify it. Students will be able to
/n/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (driving a
racecar). They will also learn the letter symbol n and
will apply phonemic awareness with /n/ in texts read aloud as
well as phonetic cue reading.
Picture of racecar (attached)
Story (provided below) written on chart paper or a
with many words containing the /n/ sound
Word cards with NEED, ROSE, WET, NEST, NAP, GAME
Worksheet (link in reference section)
- We make lots of different movements
with our mouths when we talk. Pay attention to my mouth when I talk and
see all the different ways it moves. Now I want everyone to say, "My
mouth moves a lot" and pay attention to the way your mouth moves.
Ready? My mouth moves a lot.
- Today we are going to talk about the
way our mouth moves when we say the letter N. We need
to know the sound it makes so we can use it when we spell and read.
Everyone say /n/. How does your mouth feel? Do you feel a tickle in
your nose? Say it again. /n/.
- Who can tell me where N
is in the alphabet? That's right between M and O. This is what the letter N looks like.
(Draw n on chart paper) What does the letter N
sound like? To me it sounds like a racecar! Have you ever seen a
racecar before? They sound like nnnnnnn. Everyone drive a
racecar and say nnnnnnn (hold hands up like steering a car).
Wow, great racing!
- The racecar sound is in a lot of words
and we're going to be sound detectives and try to find it. Let's see if
we can find /n/ in the word "ant." Okay stretch it out really slow and
listen for the racecar. Aaaa-nnnnn-tttt. There it was in the middle!
Did you hear the racecar? Aaaa-nnnnn-tttt.
- Let's try this tongue twister: Naughty
Nick was nasty to Nancy's pet newt. Okay now say it with me.
(Repeat tongue twister) Great job! Now this time stretch out the /n/
and drive your racecar. Nnnnnaughty Nnnnnick was nnnnnasty to
Nnnnnannnncy's pet nnnnnewt. Awesome!
- Let's practice! (Call on students to
answer) Do you hear /n/ in yes or no?
up or down? Lost
or found? Green or blue?
Snack or treat? How can you tell?
We can hear the racecar right?
- Now we're going to read a story about
Nancy. She has a problem because she is missing her lunch box! She is
so hungry and she doesn't know what she is going to do. We are going to
read this story to find out, but while I'm reading listen for the
racecar and when you hear the /n/ sound show me how you can drive your
racecar. Everyone listen for the racecar. (Read story from chart paper
or other storybook. If using other storybook, replace with appropriate
Little Nancy was very
She lost her lunch
Nancy needed her
lunch to eat.
We wanted to help.
Nick gave her his
Lucy gave Nancy her
Marie let Nancy have
How nice of them to
Nancy is not hungry
- Now we are going to practice writing
the letter N. (Have students take out primary paper
and pencil.) This is what big N looks like (draw on
chart paper). We are going to practice drawing little N today.
First, you start at the fence, go down to the sidewalk, go back up and
hump over back down to the sidewalk. So remember, start at the fence,
go down, back up, hump over and back down. Now you try! I will come by
to check and I want you to make ten little Ns.
- Using the "NEED" word card ask the
students if it says need or feed. How did you know? Because it makes
the racecar sound /n/ and there is the N. Call
students over individually for phonetic cue reading. NEED need
or feed? ROSE nose or rose? WET net or wet? NEST nest or best? NAP nap or cap? GAME name or game?
- For further assessment, have students
complete the worksheet. They complete the partial spellings and color
the words that begin with /n/.
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