Icky, icky i
represent many different sounds. These sounds are called
Children need to be able to recognize letters and their phonemes in
become fluent readers. The purpose of this lesson is to teach children
recognize the letter i, and its phoneme, /i/. Children will
in a tongue twister, a letterbox lesson, correspondence games, and a
reading to learn that i=/i/.
- White Board
- Cards with words: tip, car, igloo,
ill, bed, iguana, red, hill
- Primary paper
- Elkonin boxes
- Letter manipulatives (i, t, n, h, d,
l, p, d, g, z, k, r)
- "Liz is
Six" by Pay Millie
- "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue
Fish" by Dr. Seuss
- For this lesson, the teacher will
explain to students that just as we know that each letter has a
particular mouth movement, we also know that we can use this specific
letter and its mouth movement to help us learn to read. Today, we
are going to learn to spot the letter i in written text and be able to
place the correct mouth move /i/ with the letter in
print. It can be tricky at times but we will get lots of practice
today and you will all be experts at decoding the letter i by the end
of the lesson. Let's get started!
- How many of you have ever been stuck
your hand into some sticky ice cream? I did once and I lifted my hands
and said "iiiii" Well, that's the mouth move
are going to learn to recognize and decode in written words
today. This sound stands for the letter i.
Can everyone say /i/ for me? Great! Now
let's try stretching it out /i-i-i-i/. When I say
the "i" sound, I think about sticking my hands in
sticky ice cream and the way I shake my sticky hands. Let me show
you. (Make hand gesture). Show me that hand gesture. Great!
- Next the teacher will read the
tongue twister that is written on the white board and then ask the
children to help her read it a second time, "The important Indian was
ill with injuries inside the igloo." Now, let's read it again
stretching out our /i/ every time we see letter i and using the hand gesture. "The i-i-important
i-i-indian was i-i-ill wi-i-ith i-i-injuries i-i-inside
- Let's use what you just learned and
play a game. I am going to show you a card, show me the hand gesture,
if you hear the /i/ sound and thumbs down if you do
not hear the /i/ sound. What about the word
tip? I see lots of icky 'i's. Good. What
about car? Excellent! It doesn't hear the /i/
- Let's pull out the Elkonin boxes and
letters. I am going to say a few words and using your letters and
letterboxes, I want you to spell out each word. Don't forget
about icky, icky /i/. I am going to show you how
I spell "fix". Fix, f-iii-x, well I know the /i/ is in the middle so I place an i in
the middle box. Then I think about the beginning letter, fff
and the last letter xxx. Words for letterbox lesson:
(2) it, in (3) hid, lip, dig, zip (4) pink, drink. After using
the Elkonin boxes, I will write the words on the white board and have
the class read the words aloud.
- Let's all read Liz is Six
together. (The class will read together and the teacher will walk
around and listen to each child.) Liz has a wonderful sixth birthday!
Liz loves baseball and gets a baseball mitt for her birthday. Liz and
her friend, Pig start an intense baseball game. Pig hits the ball and
Liz catches it in her new mitt. Now it is Liz's turn to hit the
Liz hits the ball hard. Will Pig catch the ball? To find out, read Liz
is Six. Students will practice reading
the i=/i/ sound in the text.
- Students will write a short (one or
two sentence) note on primary paper to another student about a favorite
gift that they have received.
- I will read Dr. Seuss' One Fish,
Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish aloud to students. Every time that
they hear the i=/i/, then they will make the icky i hand gesture.
- Assessment: I will read two words at
a time aloud to students. If the word has i=/i/ sound,
then students will write down the word. I will assess students on their
ability to identify the /i/ sound in words. One on
one, students will read a list of words aloud to me. Students will
raise their hand if the word has an /i/ sound and
raise no hand if there is no /i/ sound.
Murray, Bruce. "Tongue Twisters"
Morris, Amy. "Icky Icky I"
Murray, Bruce. "Letterbox Lesson"
Cushman, Sheila. Liz is Six.
Pat Millie. Carson,
CA: Educational Insights.