Students will be able to identify letters and letter sounds at the beginning and end of words.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Call students together.
Write the word pop on the board.
Ask students to identify the first letter in the word (Students should say "P").
Have students form this letter with their bodies.
As a whole group, make the sound the letter P makes.
Then, have students look at the last letter in the word. Ask students to identify this letter. (They should recognize that this is also a P.)
Have students work with a partner to form the letter with both of their bodies. Have students whisper the p sound in unison once everyone has formed the letter with their partner.
Explain to students that, just like when they made the letter themselves or with a partner, the letter P always makes the same sound no matter where they see it in a word. While there are some special exceptions to this rule, explain to students that most letters make the same sound whether they are at the beginning or the end of a word. Using this information, sound out the word pop as a class.
Review the alphabet using a letter chart that contains corresponding images.
Go over each of the sounds letters make, having students say the sound chorally after you.
Model how to make a letter using your body before having students attempt to do this on their own.