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Practice the short /a/ sound with your class. To get it down, they read a short poem that supplies many examples of words that include the short /a/ sound. Once they are finished reading, learners answer three reading comprehension questions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • As you read, have learners circle each word that includes the short /a/ sound
  • Practice reading the poem out loud as a class or in small groups
  • Require individuals to highlight or underline the lines of text that gave them the answers to the reading questions
Classroom Considerations

  • The poem includes examples of both the short /a/ sound and the schwa /a/ sound
Pros

  • Provides handwriting lines to support young writers
  • The poem contains plenty of examples of words that include the short /a/ sound
Cons

  • Answers are not provided, but should be easy to determine