Bright Brass Brads
Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /br/ blend.
- Brass-colored brads
- Paper strips for bracelets
- Graphic of broom bristles (see below) cut out of cardstock or paper
- Broomstick cut out of cardstock
- Real brush or picture of a brush (see graphics)
The children will use a brad to fix a broken broom and read and write words that begin with /br/, such as broom, broken, brad, bristles, and brush.
Practice the skill within an activity
Bring brads to fix broken things
- Underline the br in brad, broken, and broom, and comment on how the letters br make the /br/ sound.
- Bring brads in a little container filled to the brim.
- Brag about the brads you brought: bright, brilliant, brass brads that can put broken things together.
- Use a brad to put two paper links together to fix a broken bracelet.
- Let the children take turns linking a broken paper bracelet together.
- Exclaim, “Bravo!” when the children fix the broken bracelet
Use a brad to fix a broken broom
- Show the children the graphic of the broom with bristles (see below).
- Show a broomstick (e.g., strip of cardboard or file folder) and comment on how the broom with bristles is broken.
- Use a brad to fix the broken broom (connect the broomstick to the broom bristles; the graphics are below).
- Invite the children to brush with the broom and make a breeze as they brush with the broom.
Make a brush
- Show the graphic of a brush.
- Let the children make bristles for the brush by cutting lines in the brush.
- Give the children quick turns to brush with the brush with brisk strokes.
Apply the skill
Write and read target words
- Let the children write simple words that begin with /br/: brad, brass, brag, bring, brake, brace, brush, broke, brave, brim.
- Have the children read 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 fill in the br.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonants.
Bright Brass Brads