September 4, 2015
by Chris Herman
Lesson Plan:

Word Chomp

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Students will be able to identify multiple high-frequency words.

(5 minutes)
  • Have your students "shake sillies out" and then do a silent stretch for 10 seconds to settle themselves.
  • Have your students catch a "bubble" in their mouths by opening their mouths and gulping.
  • Demonstrate a shark "chomp" to begin the lesson by placing one hand on your hip, the other on your head, and clapping your hands together to chomp.
(15 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to pretend to be sharks and find certain words to "chomp" fish sight words.
  • Have the entire group chomp in the background as a student volunteer "swims" around trying to find the words.
  • Read The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark aloud to the entire class.
  • Include action movements and predictions to capture their attention during story.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students volunteer to share words they know that rhyme with fin.
  • Then, use letter flashcards to sound out different letter combinations, such as win and tin.
  • If the letter combinations are not a real word, put them back in the "ocean" (on the carpet).
(10 minutes)
  • Give your students the sea-themed Write and Draw Sight Words worksheets to complete.
  • Enrichment: Introduce consonant blends at the beginning and end of words including /ch/ and /sh/. Teach words such as chin, shin, fish, and shark.
  • Support: Focus on sight words instead of rhymes for the duration of the lesson.
(10 minutes)
  • Track the high frequency words that students identify correctly.
  • Ask your students to identify words that rhyme with the sight words.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students volunteer to share their favorite parts of The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.
  • Ask your students to review and write new words that they learned on the whiteboard.

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