Lesson Plan

A-Z Beginning Sounds

Are your preschoolers experts at singing their ABCs and identifying letters? If so, it might be time to help students become experts at identifying the sounds that letters make at the beginning of words.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the sound that different letters make at the beginning of words.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Sound Off!
  • Call students together.
  • Read In a People House by Dr. Seuss. Before reading the story, use sticky notes to cover up the first letters in many of the words. While reading, encourage students to use the pictures to identify what word will come next and isolate the beginning sounds. After students have done this, reveal the letter from under the sticky note that is making the sound.

Beginning

  • Preview any confusing or unknown vocabulary words in both English and students' home language (L1) prior to the start of the lesson.
  • Provide students with their own copies of the book or project the pages onto the board for students to follow along.

Intermediate

  • Pause as you read to clarify anything confusing and/or ask students questions about the text.