Letter Roll Reading: Blending Sounds
Students will be able to blend letter sounds together to create basic words.
- Ask students the following questions: How do you make a word? Have them think-pair-share their response, and guide them to the understanding that letters, that represent sounds, make up words when we put them in particular sequences.
- Explain to the students that they will be playing a fun game using letter sounds to create words.
- Get out your alphabet cards, and choose a card.
- Hold the letter up and ask your students to make the sound of the letter. For example, if you have the letter S, ask your students to make the s sound.
- Repeat this process a few times, picking different letter cards.
- Write the letters A, C, T, and S on the board.
- Ask a student to volunteer to figure out a word using the letters on the board.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Get out the four letter dice.
- Explain to the students that three of the dice have different consonants on all sides, and one of the dice only has vowels.
- Explain to the students that they will throw the dice, one at a time, until each lands on one letter.
- Model throwing the dice.
- Next, explain to the students that they must try to make a word using the four letters.
- Model trying to make a word using the letters on the four dice.
- If you can’t make a word, explain to the students that you must move on and hand the dice to the next player in the group so that they can try to make a word.
- If you can make a word, model recording the word on the recording sheet.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Put the students into groups of four. Pass out the four dice and worksheets to each group.
- Ask for a group of students to volunteer to model how to play the game in front of the other students.
- Have the students model throwing the dice, recording words, and passing the dice on if they cannot make a word out of the letters.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Instruct your students to play the letter rolling game and create words! Have your students mark down their words on their worksheets.
- Students who struggle and need extra support can use two consonant dice and one vowel die instead of three consonant dice. If the student struggles to write as well, have another student help to record their word on the recording sheet, or offer a whiteboard and whiteboard marker instead of the pencil and paper.
- Students who need a challenge can try to make sentences using the words they record on the back of their papers.
- Rotate during the game to observe students blending together phonemes.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Ask each group to share some of the words they created.
- Write the words on the board.
- Explain to the students that by blending sounds together and creating words, they are well on their way to becoming excellent readers and writers!