Aaaaaa it's a snake!!!
need to have an understanding of the
alphabet and the phonemes that letters make to be able to read. When one develops this understanding they are
able to recognize the letters and sounds in print and can read them. Beginning with short vowel sounds is the
first step to teaching phonemes. This
lesson will help children recognize a=/a/.
"Lad and the Fat Cat" by Geri Murray (Powerpoint
from Reading Genie site) http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/Geniebooks/LadFatCat.ppt
Tongue Twister: "Andrew and Alice asked if Annie's
active animals were angry."
Pictures of different things that have /a/ sound in
(cat, bat, bag, crab, alligator)
Picture of a snake
- Begin the lesson by explaining why it
is important to understand the letters in our language and what sounds
the letters make. Explain that
understanding letters and sounds helps us to read and how important
reading is. Then explain that it is very
important to focus on how our mouth moves when we make certain sounds.
- Ask the students if they have ever
seen a snake and said "Aaaaa!"? Ask, "What
does your mouth do when you make that sound?" Explain
that that is the mouth movement we are looking for in this lesson. Point at a picture of a snake and say, "Aaaa!" Have the students do the same.
- Next try the tongue twister, "Andrew
and Alice asked if Annie's active animals were angry."
Have the students say it with you. Now
let's try it again by stretching out the /a/ in the words.
"Aaaandrew aaaaand Aaaaalice aaasked if Aaaanie's aaaacitve
aaaanimals were aaaangry." Great job! Now let's say it by breaking off the /a/. "/a/ndrew /a/nd /a/lice /a/sked if /a/nnie's
/a/ctive /a/nimals were /a/ngy."
- Next get out the primary paper and
pencils for the students to practice writing. We
need to practice writing a. We
need to start just below the fence, go up and touch the fence, down to
the sidewalk, around and straight down. Now
you practice. I am going to put a snake on
your paper and I want you to write ten a’s.
- Now tell the students to signal that
they saw a snake each time they see the letter a by
itself in a word. Have them yell /a/. Ask the students if they hear /a/ in good or
bad? Tell them that you hear /a/ in baaaad. Then ask the
students which word they hear /a/ in. Bag or purse? Dog or cat? Bat or glove?
- Begin with a book talk about "Lad and
the Fat Cat." Lad is a dog and Scat is a
cat. Lad is mad because Scat has his mat. Lad is mad because Scat can't get up. Why do you think Scat can't get up? To find out you'll have to read "Lad and the
Fat Cat." Each time they hear /a/ tell
them to act scared like when they see a snake. Have
the students write a short message using a word with /a/ in it. Assess by using a running record as they read.
- Assess again by giving them picture
cards with things with /a/ in them and other cards that don’t. Have them mark or color the ones that have /a/
Brittany Williams "Aaaaa! There's
"Lad and the Fat Cat" by Geri Murray
Reading Genie Site
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