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Hone those musical ears to identify consonance and dissonance in music being played live or on a recording. Learners will work through four activities where they will listen to consonant and dissonant notes being played first by the teacher, then via recording. The concepts are then applied as they compose a piece using both consonant and dissonant tones. Suggestions are included for every grade.
Readers practice reading words with the same letter sound to connect those letters and sounds. They recognize beginning consonant sounds by reading and listening to a story that highlights select words. They also construct a story by actively choosing words, use picture clues to aid comprehension, and match beginning consonant sounds.
Young readers gain practice in identifying initial consonant sounds. They practice correctly using the /f/, /b/, /m/, /d/, and /r/ consonants. After a teacher-led discussion, pupils complete two worksheets embedded in the plan, which give them further practice. They must circle the pictures that begin with the consonants listed above. Good, basic practice for emerging readers.
Use consonant digraphs to introduce learners to word patterns and high frequency words. They observe a chart with the digraphs /sh/, /ch/, /th/, and /wh/. After listening to each of these phonemes, scholars watch as the teacher categorizes single-syllable words into the chart based on their initial digraphs. Scaffolding is key here; once kids have watched and listened, they practice in a guided setting. The chart and words are provided for printing, but consider projecting them for demonstration.
Bingo is a super fun game and can be used to reinforce a vast number of recognition skills. These bingo cards are prepared by constructing nine squares, each delineated with raised Wikki Stix or gluedyarn and containing a braille letter. You say a word, and the kids locate and cover the square that houses the correct initial consonant sound. The person who covers all nine squares first, wins. Tip: This activity focuses on identifying the initial consonant sound, but could be modified for use with ending sounds, vowel sounds, or numbers.
Eighth graders examine blends and consonant digraphs and observe and demonstrate how to mark up text and create a keyword outline. They read a list of words and circle the blends and underline the digraphs and write sentences using words with consonant blends and digraphs. Students then observe the teacher model how to mark up the text and create a keyword outline on a biography about Socrates.
Ninth graders examine blends and consonant digraphs, and how to write a summary keyword outline. They develop a class list of words with both blends and consonant digraphs, and write sentences using words from the list. Students then read a paragraph and observe how to create a keyword outline.
Students in ESOL classes discover how to recognize and pronounce final consonant sounds. With partners, they read passages aloud and practice the correct pronunciation. Students emphasize pronouncing the final consonant and attempt to duplicate the sound demonstrated by the teacher.
Sixth graders review consonant blend and consonant digraphs and compare the two of them listing several examples under category headings. They read words from a selected list, circling the blends and underlining the digraphs. They then read words that have digraphs that are blended with consonants.
Students explore consonant digraphs. They discus what digraphs are and the types of sounds they make. Students discuss the most common consonant digraphs and they write ten simple words that contain consonant digraphs. Students discuss the spelling patterns used to write consonant digraphs.
Sixth graders examine a variety of words with consonant blends and how to mark up the text. They read and spell words containing consonant blends and circle the blends in the words, and generate a list of ten words with consonant blends. Next, they read a passage and circle any unknown words.