Baby says 'Aaaa'

Beginning Reading Literacy

Tawana Fuller


Rationale: In my lesson I will teacher the a= /a/ correspondence. Students must be able decode and recognize short vowel sounds in order to be an effective reader. In this lesson, students will learn for to recognize, distinguish, and read the short vowel a through a memorable picture (baby cries aaaaa). A letterbox lesson and decodable book will supplement learning.



Individual copies of A Cat Nap for students

Individual letterboxes for students

Letter tiles

Graphic image of crying child


1. Begin the lesson by explaining that in order to become an good reader we must be able to recognize spoken language in written letters. We will begin with the letter a and its sound. "Letter a says /a/." When I think of the sound letter a says, I think of a crying child. Ask the student what they think of when they here /a/.


2. Ask student if they have ever heard babies cry and what sound does the baby make? When babies cry they say Aaaa. The short a vowel say /a/, just like a baby crying. (Make motion of baby crying and rubbing their eyes.)


3. Have students identify /a/ in a simple tongue tickler "Auntie Annie asked Amber for all apples." Repeat tongue tickler with students. Have students stretch the /a/ sound whenever they hear it is the tongue tickler.


4. Now we will practice identifying phonemes in a letterbox lesson. I will first model spelling the word bat, Ask the students how many sounds are heard in bat? I hear three sounds. I heard bbbb in the beginning of bat (place b in first letterbox). Next, I hear aaaa. I think of a baby crying when I hear that sound so I know that we put the letter a next in our letterbox. The last letter I hear is tttt. (Place letter t in third letter box).


5. Now have students spell simple words in their letterboxes. Prompt students by telling them how many boxes they will need to spell the letter. Start with two letter words (at, am) then move to 3 to 5 phoneme words (bat, cat, jam, pan, crab, past, back, clamp, strap, strand). Be sure to observe the students while they are spelling the words. After students have spelled all the words themselves, have students reread the words to be sure all words were spelled correctly.


6. Next, the student will read the decodable book A Cat Nap (have available copies for all students). Introduce book with short book talk: " Tab is a cat who likes to sleep. He sleeps just about anywhere he wants to. One day, he winds up in a very strange place. Let's read the book and see what happens to Tab"


7. To finish the lesson we will review. Ask students how to identify /a/. When a baby is crying, he makes the sound aaaaa and that is how we will remember the sound a.




Dillard, Turquoise,


Cushman, Sheila A Cat Nap. Educational Insights, 1990.


Wallach and Wallach Tongue Ticklers,

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