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Students will be able to identify the beginning letter sound of a zoo animal name.
- Ask students to name animals they know live in the zoo.
- Read a zoo-themed book.
- Preview a read-aloud about the zoo.
- Provide visuals of different zoo animals and share their names in both English and student home language (L1) if possible.
- Provide students visuals of different zoo animals and have them pair-share what they notice about the animals with a peer.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Ask a student for his name. Ask that same student what letter starts his name.
- Write the student's name on the board. Accentuate the first letter and the sound it makes as you write the letter.
- Repeat the process with another student.
- Remind students that letters make sounds, and when you put letters together you make a word.
- Show students a picture of a dog. Say the word "dog." Ask students to name the letter that starts the word dog. Write "dog" on the board and emphasize the sound of the letter D as you write.
- Pre-write student names on the board and model finding the first letter on an alphabet chart.
- Pass out letter cards (first letter in name) to each student. Then sing aloud the alphabet song and follow along by pointing to each letter on a chart as you sing. Have students hold up their card when you get to their letter.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Lay out the alphabet letters or letter cards.
- Show pictures of animals to the students.
- Ask students to identify the beginning sound of the animal name. Place the picture under the letter that starts the name. Accentuate the first letter sound as you place the picture under the letter.
- Repeat the process 3-4 times for practice.
- Preview animal names to ensure students are able to complete the task.
- Provide an alphabet chart that pairs each letter with a corresponding image.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Give each student a flap book, pencil, and glue stick.
- Lay out the pictures of zoo animals in front of the students.
- Have students select a picture. Ask the students to identify the animal in the picture. Have students tell you what letter the animal's name start with. Emphasize the first letter if a student is struggling. Example: "T, T, tiger."
- Have the student write the letter on the first top flap.
- Have the student glue the picture under the first flap.
- Repeat the process until all of the flaps are complete.
- Pass out individual alphabet charts to each student.
- Work with a small group of students to complete the task.
- Pair students together to complete the task.
- Cut the paper into thirds or halves to reduce the number of beginning sounds the student needs to identify. If the student is unable to write a letter, lightly trace the letter of the beginning sound of the zoo animal, then the student can write over your tracing.
- Cut the paper into fifths so that advanced students can identify more beginning letters of zoo animal names. Students can write the letter of the beginning sound, as well as the entire animal name if desired.
- Note any letters that students are not able to identify as well as the letter sounds that students are able (or unable) to identify.
- As students are identifying letters and letter sounds, take note of any miscues.
- Ask students to share other animals that begin with the same letter sound.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Have each child name the letter on the top flap, then lift the flap to see the animal underneath.
- You may have the student lift all of the flaps or just two of the flaps.
- Have students turn and talk to share their completed project with a peer.
- Have students share one of their animals and beginning letter sound with the class.