Students will be able to understand that individual letters combined together with a vowel makes a word.
- Gather students into a circle.
- Place the basket in the middle of the circle.
- Pick out three pieces and put them together to show your students how they fit together.
- Identify the short sound of each vowel in your basket.
- Review sounds of different consonants in your basket.
- Now show the students how to put the pieces together to make a word.
- Sound out the word, one letter at a time.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(10 minutes)
- Separate the vowels from the consonants.
- Demonstrate how to make a word by picking up two consonant pieces and one vowel piece.
- Review their sounds separately.
- Show how to assemble the pieces with two consonants on each side and one vowel in between.
- Point to each letter and sound it out slowly as you move your finger across it.
- Then, move your finger faster and encourage the students to match the sounds.
- As you move your finger faster and match the sound, the students will hear the sound of the word they see in the puzzle.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(10 minutes)
- Encourage students to try and put pieces together to make a word themselves.
- Let them try different combinations using whatever color combinations they want.
- Draw their attention to the letters on each piece and ask them to sound it out. Remind them gently what sounds the letters make.
- Once students know the sounds, now is the time to help them sound it out in a continuous manner to make the word.
Independent Working Time(10 minutes)
- Allow the students to familiarize themselves with the pieces.
- Observe to see if students are getting frustrated. The goal is for them to have fun while learning. Offer suggestions to help students fix their problems.
- Encourage students to work independently to make words by appreciating their effort and focus.
- Enrichment: Encourage students to put together as many words as they can in a given time limit. Use a timer!
- Support: Encourage students to put the pieces together to make an egg. Practice color identification or color matching.
- Ask your students to make two words and check if they are able to sound out the words correctly.
- Check to see if they are trying to make new words, whether or not they are real.
- If students get frustrated, allow them to move on to another activity.
Review and Closing(5 minutes)
- Gather the class back into a circle.
- Encourage them to each say a word they made.
- Ask students to voice any more questions or concerns they may have.