Henry Had a Hat: The Letter H
Students will be able to read and write words that begin with H.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Play and sing along to the Animals ABC Song.
- Tell your students to guess the letter of the day with the following prompts: something you wear on your head (hat), something you live in (house), and something horses like to eat (hay).
- Invite your students to think of some other words that begin with H.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell your students to make the /h/ sound.
- Invite a student to write an uppercase H on the board.
- Invite a student to write a lowercase h on the board.
- Read aloud the the Henry Had a Hat poem.
- Tell your students to raise their hand whenever they hear a word that begins with /h/.
- Read the silly poem with emphasis on the /h/ words.
- Tell your students to arrange themselves in a learning circle.
- Hand out copies of the Henry Had a Hat poem.
- Tell your students to track the words as you read the poem again.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell your students to look for some h-words in the poem as you sound them out.
- Sound out the word "hog" by slowly making the individual sounds in the word.
- Tell your students to put their finger on the word when they find it in the poem.
- Repeat this with the following words: H-A-T, H-O-G, H-E-N, H-A-Y, H-A-D.
- Quickly hand out highlighters.
- Tell your students to find and highlight the /h/ words.
- Invite your students to read some of the words they highlighted.
- Invite your students to read the poem with you as they track the words.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Show your students the Alphabet Practice: H worksheet.
- Tell your students to trace the dotted letters and then write six uppercase and six lowercase letters on the lines provided.
- Tell your students to draw and label two things that begin with /h/ in the squares provided.
- Ask your students to raise their hands if they have questions about the assignment.
- Distribute the worksheet and have students complete it.
- Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to write some /h/ words on the backs of their worksheets for extra practice.
- Support: Give simple clues to struggling students as they work.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- During Guided Practice, look for students who are following directions and participating.
- During Independent Working time, look for students who are following directions and focusing on their own work.
- Your students should be able to trace the letters and then write their own on the lines.
- Your students should be able to read the labels on the worksheet to you.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Invite your students to read their words to each other.
- Do a call and respond: What does H-O-G spell? How do you spell it?
- Repeat the call and respond with the following words: hat, hen, hay, and had.