Bright Brass Brads
Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /br/ blend.
- Brass brads (one for each child)
- Paper strips for bracelets
- Graphic of bottom part of a broom, cut out of cardstock or paper
- Broomstick cut out of cardstock or an old file folder
- Real brush or brush graphic
The children will use a brad to fix a broken broom and will read and write words that begin with /br/, such as broom, broken, brad, bristles, brush, and breeze.
Bring brads to fix a broken bracelet
- Write the words brad, broken, brown, bracelet, and broom on the board.
- Underline the br at the beginning of br words and produce the /br/ sounds.
- Tell the children that the word brad is a metal clip used to connect things.
- Show brads in a little container filled to the brim.
- Brag about the brads you brought.
- Describe the brads: bright, brilliant, brass, and used to fix broken things.
- Use brads to put parts of a broken bracelet (brown paper strips) together.
- Say, “bravo!” when the children use a brad to fix a broken bracelet.
Use a brad to fix a broken broom
- Show the graphic of the bottom part of a broom.
- Make bristles on the broom by cutting on the dotted lines.
- Show the broomstick (e.g., handle cut from cardstock or a file folder).
- Comment on needing a brad to fix the broken broom.
- Fix the broken broom with a brad.
Make a brush
- Show the graphic of a brush or cut out the outline of a brush.
- Let the children make bristles for the brush by cutting lines in the brush.
- Use the brush to brush a bracelet.
- Brush with brisk strokes.
- Let the children make a breeze as they brush briskly with the brush.
- Let the children briefly brush brown things and bracelets.
Write and read target words
- Let the children write words that begin with /br/: brad, brass, brag, bring, brake, brace, brush, broke, brave, brim.
- Have the children take turns reading the words with a partner.
Write the initial cluster (br-) in front of word endings
- Write ___ad (brad); ___ush (brush); ___ag (brag); ___im (brim); etc. on the board and invite children to write the br in front of the words.
- Read the words aloud together.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonants.
Bright Brass Brads