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Pairs of students get together and learn the classic, "Miss Mary Mack" clapping rhyme. After playing a few times, they are asked what they noticed about many of the words? Hopefully, they realize that many of them end with the "ack" sound. The teacher points out that this is an example of a word family, and the lesson goes on from there. Students utilize the Wiggle Works program to gain more practice in identifying words that belong together in a family.
Students practice and utilize phonograms (word families) found in the patterns of frequently used words. They assess strategies to assist them in dividing long words as well as to develop their phonemic awareness to new vocabularies. Decoding meanings and grammatical usage is also inter wound into this lesson.
Students read the poem,"ottos mops", by Ernst Jandl, focusing on their pronunciation of the short 'o' and long 'o' sounds. They use comprehension strategies to interpret the poem, and change interpretation of the poem using different intonations.
Students learn to recognize spelling errors and correct them. In this proofreading lesson, students observe as the teacher models reading a story backwards for errors. Students take out their drafts of stories and correct them by reading backwards.
Sixth graders read a given passage silently. The student then reads the same passage orally to a partner. The partner records the number of words pronounced incorrectly. The student then sets goals to increase oral reading speed and accuracy.
Students listen to a story and chime whenever they hear rhyming word pairs. Students generate other rhyming words that rhyme with each pair from the story. Students draw and/or paint illustrations to go along with a rhyming song given. Students use particular education computer programs to create stories of their own and illustrations with rhyming pairs.
Help learners examine rhyming words through a number of activities including using picture cards and visiting rhyming sites on the Internet. They listen to a read aloud of a book that contains rhyming words and dictate a sentence that includes rhyme.
First graders explore the English language by participating in class activities. In this phonetics lesson, 1st graders practice sounding out words they read with their classmates and identify new words on a white board. Students utilize sentence strips to create phrases and paragraphs.
Scholars identify vowel sounds. In this word study lesson, they read the book Fish is Fish and go "vowel fishing." Pupils simulate a fishing trip by picking up fish cut-outs with a short vowel sound written on the fish. Then they sound out the correct vowel sound.
Identify the correct homophone using the Visual Thesaurus. Learners recognize homophones in a reading passage from Matilda. They complete a dictation exercise, rereading for the correct homophones. Pupils self-correct using the quotes dictated.
Primary learners create an original story using the objects and items provided to them. They create an edible setting after having chosen their own story characters and named them. They work in peer groups, with leaders guiding them through brainstorming, story mapping, and the use of graphic organizers. Also, they identify the four story components (setting, charcters, conflict, and resolution). Engage your learners with multiple senses.
Elementary learners improve their reading and spelling skills by better understanding the relationship of the decoding and encoding processes as they apply them to one-syllable words. After a lecture/demo, 1st graders practice using a worksheet imbedded in this plan.
Students investigate the relationship between parts of speech and pronunciation of stress homographs. In this homographs lesson, students use the Visual Thesaurus to define the word "homograph", brainstorm different pairs of homographs, identify the part of speech and stressed syllables of pairs of homographs, and complete a worksheet about stress homographs.
Read the story Green Eggs and Ham to practice phonemic awareness, rhyming, and writing skills with emerging readers. They will match oral words to printed words, create a graphic organizer, and the use rhyming words in an original composition. This lesson includes web links, a writing rubric, materials list, and suggested interventions for those who need extra support.
Students explore the concept of homophones. In this homophone lesson plan, students use a selection from the book Matilda to review homophones. Students use a web to identify homophones.
Use Kid Pix Deluxe to blend, segment, and decode short vowel words. Learners use the pictures provided to identify the correct spelling of each word. Prepare young ones for the silent /e/ sound with this activity.
Students explore what it means to be part of a community. In this community lesson, students read a story about a man who finds unity in community. They then discuss how the community affected his life. This lesson also contains 5 minute mini-lessons and post-service reflection activities that provide a deeper understanding of philanthropy.
Students use a thesaurus on the internet to explore the meanings of Greek and Latin roots. They find definitions of given words, draw a concept map for root words, and write four synonyms for each word. Students discover how Latin and Greek roots assist in defining and reading additional words.
Kindergarteners and first graders develop phonemic awareness for words that contain -ick. Each learner gets a stack of cards with different -ick words, highlighting the target sound as they review each one.
Discover the Virtual Thesaurus with your class. They use the Virtual Thesaurus to assist them in an inquiry-based approach to discovering the meanings of some common Latin and Greek roots. Each child then teaches a particular root and related vocabulary words to another group of learners through a jigsaw exercise.