Allen the Alligator

Rational: Vowels are very important for students beginning to read to learn.  Students need to learn the vowels for the students to be able to sound out the words.  This lesson works with the vowel a and learning the /a/=/a/ correspondence by using letterboxes, reading words and books that contain the /a/ correspondence.

Materials:

1. The book A Cat Nap by Educational Insights c1990

2. Picture with baby crying with the /a/ sound.

3. A chart with the tongue twister. Andrew and Alice asked if Annie's active animals were angry.

4. Letterboxes for each student.

5. Plastic letters for each student.

1. a, n, t, b, p, d, s, c, l

6. List of the words the students will spell.

Ant

Bat

At

Fit

Cat

Clap

7. Larger letterbox and letters for demonstration

8. Primary paper

9. Pencils

10. Projector

11. Cards with different pseudowords

mag, cag, gan, las, mas

Procedure:

1. "Today we are going to work with the letter a.  Can anyone tell me what sound the letter a makes? Great! It makes the sounds /a/.  It kind of sounds like a baby crying doesn't it?  Let's all cry like a baby and make that/a/ sound.  aaaaaaa.  Great!"  I will hold up the picture of the baby crying when we do this.

2. "We hear that /a/ sound in a lot of words we read and say don't we?  Like at, fat, or bat." Since we hear this sound so much we are going to learn all about it today!"

3. "Now let's do this fun tongue twister that has a lot of our /a/ sound in it! I will read it first then we will read it all together. Andrew and Alice asked if Annie's active animals were angry. Ok now everyone! Andrew and Alice asked if Annie's active animals were angry.  Great Job!"

4. Next, we will work on our letterboxes.  I will give each student their letterboxes and letters (a, n, t, b, p, d, s, c, l).  Then I will explain what we are going to do.  "Ok we are going to do our letterboxes now! I am going to say a word and I want you to spell it using your letters I gave you and your letterboxes.  Remember each letterbox represents one sound!" I will then place my letterboxes on the projector and demonstrate how to do it. "I am going to spell the word mat.  I am going to put the m in the first box because it makes the /m/ sound.  Next I will put my /a/ in the next box because remember that makes the /a/ sound.   Now for the third box I am going to put both of my t's in the same box because the make the /t/ sound."

5. "Now I am going to give you some words that I want you to spell in your letterboxes: 2. (at) 3. (ant, pad, bat, fit, sad, cat) 4. (clap)

6. After everyone has spelled the words I will spell them on the projector and have them read them to me. (Everyone did a great job with their letterbox lesson! Everyone did really well with the /a/ sound!"

7. "Now we are going to read the book A Cat Nap! How many of you have cats at home? I bet some of those cats are pretty lazy and like to take naps anywhere they can! Well this book is about a lazy cat that decided to take a nap in his owner's bag! Let's see what happens when the owner takes the bag without knowing his cat is in it!"

8. After we have read the book I will pass out the primary paper and pencils and each student will write about a funny cat they have or if they don't have one they can make up a story. "Ok everyone! Now we are all going to use the /a/ sound we learned and write about a silly cat we know! If you do not know a cat to write about you can make one up!"

Assessment: Have each student read pseudowords containing the a= /a/ correspondence.  Use the following pseudowords {mag, cag, gan, las, mas}.

References:

A Cat Nap by Education Insights c1990