- Math, Reading
- 55 minutes
Familiarize your preschoolers with syllables by taking them under the sea with this interactive lesson about creatures of the sea.
Students will demonstrate understanding of syllables as units of sound that can be counted.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Gather students in a circle.
- Introduce the Syllable Game, where students learn to clap out the syllables in their names.
- Announce each student’s name with a clap and count for each syllable. For example: Jo (clap) seph (clap), two syllables. Explain that each clap counts out a sound that is called a syllable.
- Model the game with your own name and clap for each syllable. Ask students to echo the number of syllables.
- Have each student announce their own name with claps.
- The choral response of the group after each name announcement should be to say the number of syllables.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Ask students to think about what kind of creatures would swim in the sea. Have them share with the group what those animals are named.
- Create a list on chart paper of responses that fit the sea creature category. If not volunteered by the students, add "jellyfish" to the list.
- Say that you need help announcing these creatures’ names. Have your class play the Syllable Game with the names of the creatures.
- As you announce each sea creature, put a sticky dot for each syllable beside each word on the chart paper list.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Announce that now the class will draw jellyfish with their names inside and use sticky dots to count the syllables.
- Model tracing your hand, with the thumb tucked in, to create a 4-tentacled jellyfish on the paper plate.
- Print your name inside the hand outline.
- Clap out the syllables in your name and put a sticky dot on the plate for each syllable.
- Color a blue “sea” around the jellyfish. Hang up for display.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Pass out paper plates and direct children to make their own jellyfish. Encourage early finishers to add other creatures and details to the picture.
- Introduce and read the directions for the Draw the Syllables 2 worksheet.
- Remind students that they can play the Syllable Game to figure out how many dots to draw.
- Rotate around the room, monitoring for understanding.
- Enrichment: Challenge students to create more syllable sea creatures.
- Support: Assign peer mentors to aid with hand outline activity and worksheet.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Display the paper plate projects and have students play the Syllable Game to check if the dots match the number of claps.
- Collect worksheets and check for correctness.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask students if they feel they understand the lesson and to share what is still hard for them to understand.
- Encourage students to ask questions to resolve any issues they still face.