August 5, 2015
by Jen Kessel
Lesson Plan:

Shake and Roll Vowels

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Students will be able to find and sort words according to their vowel sounds.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell the class we will be playing a dice game with vowel sounds.
  • Review the different long vowel sounds.
  • Review the different short vowel sounds.
  • Introduce the concept of a column, or vertical section. Contrast it with a row.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask a volunteer to assist you in showing the class the Shake and Roll Vowel game.
  • Give the helper and yourself the long and short vowel sheets, books, magazines, newspaper, dice, and pencils.
  • The shorter person goes first.
  • Have your helper roll the die and look through the books, magazines, and newspapers to find a word that will fit the correct column the die has landed on.
  • Have him write the word in the column, then take your turn.
(15 minutes)
  • Pair up the students.
  • Make sure each student has a pencil and a hard surface to write on.
  • Give each pair of students a few books, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Pass out the Shake and Roll sheets.
  • Have students start playing the Shake and Roll Vowel game.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to write a complete sentence on the back of each paper using one or more of the words they found.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write a paragraph or short story using some of the words they found.
  • Support: Cut and paste some words from newspapers and magazines onto sheets of paper. Give these sheets to students who need extra support.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe students as they work, and assess their understanding based on how they play the game.
  • Collect the worksheets after the activity. Review them later for further assessment.
(10 minutes)
  • Allow students to read aloud their sentences or short stories.

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