Vacuum with V


Malorie Poole

Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /v/, the phoneme represented by V. Students will learn to recognize /v/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (vacuuming) and the letter symbol V, practice finding /v/ in words, and apply phoneme awareness with /v/ in phonetic cure reading by distinguishing rhyming words from beginning letters.


Materials: Primary paper and pencil; chart with "Vanessa and Valerie vacuum very victoriously."; crayons; word cards with: VROOM, VAN, VEST, VASE; assessment worksheet



1.Say: Our written language is a secret code. The tricky part is learning what letters stand for- the mouth moves we make as we say words. Today we are going to work on spotting the mouth move /v/. We spell /v/ with letter V. /v/ sounds like we are vacuuming.

2.Let's pretend to vacuum, /v/ /v/ /v/. [Pretend to vacuum] Notice where your top lip and bottom teeth are? They meet and vibrate together when we say /v/.

3.Let me show you how to find /v/ in the word have. I am going to stretch have out in slow motion and listen for my vacuum. Hhh-a-a-ave. Slower: Hhh-a-a-a-vvve. There it was! I felt my top lip touch my bottom teeth and vibrate together. I can feel the vacuum /v/  in have.

4.Let's try a tongue twister [on chart]. 'Vanessa and Valerie vacuum very victoriously." Everybody say it three times together. Now say it again, and this time, stretch the /v/ at the beginning of the words: "/v/anessa and /v/alerie /v/acuum /v/ery /v/ictoriously."

[Have students take out primary paper and pencil]. We use letter V to spell /v/. Capital V looks like the bottom of a heart. Let's write the lowercase letter v. Start at the fence. Make a slightly slanted line down to the sidewalk. Then make another slanted line going back up to the fence slanting the other way. I want to see everybody's v. After I put a smile on it, I want you to make nine more just like it.

5. Call on students to answer and tell how they knew: Do you hear /v/ in move or moose? Take or gave? nervous or calm? Vacation or trip? Say: Let's see if you can spot the mouth move /v/ in some words. Vacuum your teeth if you hear /v/ : The mauve colored stove gave Victor his favorite vegetables.

6. Say: Now we are going to think of words that start with /v/ or have the /v/ sound in them. Make sure you vacuum when you say /v/. Then have each student to draw a picture of something that starts with a V. Then display the drawings.

7.Show VROOM and model how to decide if it is vroom or broom. The V tells me to vacuum, /v/, so this word is vvv-room, vroom. You try some: VEST: vest or nest? VAN: man or van? VASE: mace or vase?

8. For assessment, distribute the worksheet. Students are to color the pictures that begin with V. Call students individually to read the phonetic cue words from step #8.


Assessment Worksheet:


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