Grade: Elementary

#1755. Phonics and Letter ID

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Tue May 9 17:02:33 PDT 2000 by Donita Schmitz (
Irving Elementary, Waterloo, IA USA
Materials Required: Phonics Alive by Advanced Software (optional)
Activity Time: 10 to 15 minutes each day, all year
Concepts Taught: Letter sounds and names

1. Anticipatory Set - I introduce the sounds of letters with the names of them. One each week. We make the letter with our bodies, find words that start with that letter, and practice writing that letter.

2. Objective & Purpose - Students will be able to identify at least 46 of the 54 upper and lower case letters of the alphabet by name, sound, or example of a word that letter starts. Students will show an awareness of beginning consonants and sounds by matching pictures to at least 10 of 12 letters.

3. Input - I describe the position of my mouth and tongue, and have them listen closely and repeat back to me individually what they are hearing.

4. Modeling - I model these skills when I am reading by clearly pronouncing and pointing out that I listen to the letters and write what they tell me when I am writing on the board.

5. Check for understanding - During calendar/carpet time in the morning we use these skills to figure out the names of the month, day, and other words that I use in the pocket chart. They answer me orally and we use our friends as helpers.

6. Guided practice - When they are reading in small group we use these skills to figure out words we don't recognize with our eyes. We also use these skills when we are writing in our journals to figure out how to inventive spell words we don't know with our eyes. We say them and listen to what our ears hear and write it down.

7. Independent practice - This computer software, Phonics Alive by Advanced Software, is used as practice to reinforce the identification of letters and their sounds.

8. Closure - The assessment would be the benchmard and the students' success at writing and reading.