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Fun With Blends

Give your students the extra motivation they need to master consonant blends. Hook them in with this exciting lesson on the L blend. Expose them to beginning blends such as FL, SL, CL, GL, and BL.
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In this first grade reading and writing lesson plan, young learners will practice using blends with the letter L to make familiar words. Throughout the lesson, children will have fun with blends such as fl, cl, sl, and gl as they combine blends with word endings to spell words like flower, sleep, and glue. This lesson plan is a great way to increase phonological awareness and reinforce important spelling patterns that learners are sure to encounter again and again.

Students will be able to identify and use consonant blends with the letter L to make words.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to identify what letter comes after K in the alphabet.
  • Ask students to make the L sound.
  • Tell students that today they will be learning L blends.
(10 minutes)
  • Affix the images to the board.
  • Under each picture, write the L blend (such as FL, CL, or GL) in one color and the remainder of the word in black.
  • Tell the students that the FL blend is at the beginning of the word flower, and point to the blend.
  • Repeat this with the other words.
(10 minutes)
  • Give each student 5 precut Fun With Blends templates printed on white paper. Before the lesson, write each L blend on the templates with the word endings.
  • Have the students color all the blends with one color.
  • Ask your students to color the endings in another color.
  • When your students have finished coloring, encourage them to match the L blends with the correct endings to make the same 5 words presented during the introduction.
  • Walk around the classroom as the students match the words, and have them say the words to you.
(10 minutes)
  • Give each student a Fun With Blends worksheet.
  • Read the instructions to the students.
  • Give your students time to complete the worksheet.
  • Enrichment: Give the students the option of writing more words with the L blend, such as glass, flour, clean, slide, and blue. Have your students categorize the words according to their L blends.
  • Support: Give the students just one L blend at a time. For example, only present BL as in block, blanket, and blue.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the worksheet for grading.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students what sound L makes.
  • Have your students identify the L blends.
  • As the students exit the classroom, ask your students to tell you one L blend word they learned today.

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