Me, I am about to…/a/ /a/ CHOO! Sneeze
Children should recognize the phonemes that are represented by letters
in spoken words. One part of this process is recognizing individual
phonemes. In this lesson, Children will be learn to identify the
phoneme /a/, by engaging in using chanting a tongue twister,
determining if /a/ is in a spoken word, representing /a/ on paper, and
playing a fun detective game to practice finding /a/.
-Tongue Twister on chart paper-
Alice asked Andy if his aunt was angry.
-Picture of a person sneezing
-A copy of “Pat’s Jam” for each
student (Cushman, S (1990). Pat's Jam Carson , CA : Educational
1. To introduce the lesson,
explain to the students that our mouth helps us make certain sounds in
words. Today, we will be working with the mouth move that helps us make
the sound for the letter /a/. We can look for this sound in spoken
words and when we are reading written words.
2. Ask the students what it
sounds like when they are about to sneeze. It sounds like /a/ /a/ choo!
We are going to focus on the /a/ /a/ part today. Everyone make this
sound /a/ /a/ /a/. What is your mouth doing? Is it almost closed? No,
it is pretty wide open isn’t it? I want all of us to remember what we
do with our mouths to make this sound. We will be looking for this
sound in spoken words and written words today.
3. Lets try this tongue twister
on our chart.
- Teacher: “Alice asked Andy if
his aunt was angry.”
- Lets all say it together:
“Alice asked Andy if his aunt was angry.”
- Now lets stretch out the /a/
at the beginning of the words: “Aaaaaalice aaaaasked Aaaaandy if his
aaaaaunt was aaaaangry.”.”
This time break the /a/ away
from the rest of the word: “ /a/ lice asked /a/ ndy if his /a/ unt was
4. Pass out primary paper and
pencils. We can also use what we know about this new letter and its
sound to write words. Let’s practice writing the letter a. Demonstrate
for student: start below the fence, circle down to the sidewalk, come
back up and touch the fence, and move straight back down to the
sidewalk. Show students you’re a. Practice making your a on your
paper. I will come around and check everyone’s work.
5. Now I am going to show you
how to find /a/ in the word slap. First I need to stretch it out and
say it slowly and listen for the person that is about to sneeze.
Ssssslllllaaaap. Sssslllllaaaaa. I can hear /a/ in the middle of slap!
6. Ask students to listen and
see if they hear the person about to sneeze in… mat or rug? belt or
strap? apple or pear? hand or fist? tap or hit?
7. Does anyone like to eat jam
on their toast in the morning or on their biscuit? Pat does! In the
book, “Pat’s Jam” Pat buys some jam to take home to eat. Oh no! Pat’s
car ran out of gas! Do you think he will get home to eat his jam? You
will have to read the book to find out!
8. Ask the students to hold
their finger under their nose like they are about to sneeze when they
hear /a/ in the story.
understanding will be assessed by their recognition of
psuedowords. This will determine their understanding of the
phoneme and make sure they are not simply memorizing familiar words.
The list is composed of the words: gad, dast, mag, spad, pags, lav,
fasp, zad, and fap.
Reference: Ashley Biggee,
Aaaaa! Ashley’s Scared of /a/!
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