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Students will be able to write the letter S, identify rhyming words, and describe what makes a poem a poem.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Gather the students into a group.
Tell the students that you are thinking of some mystery words. Invite them to guess the words with the following prompts: something that shines in the sky: sun, something that slithers on the ground: snake, something you do in a chair: sit, another name for the ocean: sea, something we put on our feet: socks or shoes.
Ask the students to name the letter that all the words began with.
Tell the students that they will be focusing on the letter S and rhyming words with a silly poem. Invite the children to guess which S-word the poem may be about.
Write the letter S on the board.
Point to the letter and model how to write the letter (starting at the top). Have students practice drawing the letter S in the air with their fingers.
Review the /s/ sound with the class.
Provide visuals of several words beginning with the letter S and a few words that begin with a different letter (e.g. moon, box, etc.) and have students practice identifying which start with the /s/ sound.
Formatively assess the whole class by asking students to give a thumbs up if the word starts with S, and a thumbs-down if it does not.