Colorful Cats

 

Emergent Literacy

By: Heather Smith

Rationale: Letter recognition is one of the first things children learn to help them begin their reading skills. They will then begin to learn the phoneme connection to the letters. This lesson will help teach the main phoneme for the letter C by helping students make a letter-sound relationship. It will also help teach students how to recognize the letter C in spoken words.

Materials:

primary paper for each student

pencils

1 copy of the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

word list: cow, cupcake, picnic, frog, doughnut, bear, cookie, picture, cat, dog, claw, number, lion, sun, flower

flash cards of words from word list above

picture cards of: cat, dog, bird, cow, car, mouse, horse, cake, clown, fish, boat, tiger, cookie, lion, crab

chart with tongue twister: “Cassie carried the cat to the colorful car”.

Procedures:

1). In this lesson we will teach and discuss with the students the letter c and its phoneme. Say, “Today we will be learning about the letter c and its/k/ sound. One example of the /k/ sound can be explained as follows: “The letter C sounds like the crackling of the fire wood you hear while roasting marshmallows”.

2). Give the student a sheet of primary paper and a pencil. Give them instructions on how to write the letters if necessary. First model how to make the letter uppercase and lowercase for them and then allow them to try. Have the student write the uppercase and lowercase C on the lines just to help ensure that they can recognize the letter in written text.

~C –start just below the rooftop, go up to touch, around and up

~c –start like little a; go up and touch the fence, then around and up.

3). Hold up chart with the tongue twister on it. Read it to them first “Cassie carried the cat to the colorful car” and then have them repeat it with you. Have them draw out the /k/ sound as it is read together. “Cccassie cccarried the cccat to the cccolorful cccar.”  See if they can do it on their own.

4). Now use the flash cards with words with and without the letter C in them. Read the word out loud to the student and have them tell you whether or not they hear the /k/ sound. Word list: cow, cupcake, picnic, frog, doughnut, bear, cookie, picture, cat, dog, claw, number, lion, sun, and flower. Show them the cards and let them point out or tell you the location of the letter C in the words.

5). Now use the picture cards. Hold up a card without saying what the picture is and let the student tell you if they recognize what the picture is and if the /k/sound is in the word. Pictures: cat, dog, bird, cow, car, mouse, horse, cake, clown, fish, boat, tiger, cookie, lion and crab.

6). As an assessment, give the student a worksheet and a pencil. The worksheet will have pictures of 6 different things on it with and without the /k/ sound. The name of the picture will be provided. Have them circle the pictures that have the /k/ sound. Have them put an “x” mark on the ones that do not have the /k/ sound.

7). A book that can be used for this lesson is If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff. You can start by giving a book talk to introduce the book to get them interested. Read the book to the students and have them make the crackling of the fire wood sound every time they hear a word with the /k/ sound in it.

References:

The Reading Genie Website: P is for Pumpkin. By: Cierra Haslam

http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/passages/haslamel.html

Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. Laura Geringer Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. (2006).

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