Admire the Acrobats
Associate the letter A (and lowercase a) with the short vowel /a/ sound, as in mat, cat, and can.
- Video of acrobats performing
- Letter cards
- Phone graphic
- Word blending cards
- Writing practice page
The children will pretend to admire an acrobat as they read and write words that start with the letter A and make the short /a/ sound as in apple, act, animal, and acrobat.
Admire the acrobats
- Ask the children if they have ever seen an acrobat, or if they know what an acrobat is.
- Show the children a YouTube clip of acrobats so that they get an idea of what an acrobat does.
- Tell the children they are going to admire the acrobats.
- Write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a on the whiteboard. While emphasizing the target sound point out that admire and acrobat both begin with the letter A.
- Scatter the letter cards around the room along with the distractor letters.
- Tell the children that they will be going to an acrobats show, but in order to get in they will have to have to find a letter A card to use as their ticket.
- Have the children search the room for letter A letter cards. Every time a child finds the letter A, have them say, “I found an A ticket for the acrobat show!”
- If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter A, refer the child to the letters A and a written on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?”
Find Acrobat Avenue
- Once the children have all found an A ticket, tell them that they will have to go to Acrobat Avenue to admire the acrobats.
- Tell the children that in order to find Acrobat Avenue they will have to ask an app on their pretend phones.
- After the children have found Acrobat Avenue let the children use the A ticket to be admitted to (enter) the show.
- Make comments such as, “If you have your A ticket, I’ll admit you to the acrobat show on Acrobat Avenue.”
- Emphasize that the words avenue and admit start with the letter A while emphasizing the short /a/ sound.
- Let the children admire the acrobats as they watch the YouTube clip again (optional).
Turn your A into an acrobat
- Have the children write the letter A on a sheet of paper then let them take turns pretending their letter A is an acrobat.
- Have the children use their A to do flips and tricks all while saying things like, “Admire your acrobat,” or “Look at the active acrobat.”
- Remind the other children who are watching that they need to act like a good audience and admire the acrobat performing.
- Have the children stack the A acrobats.
- Advise the acrobats to be careful so they don’t fall and have an accident.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and end (fingers) (e.g. cat = /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers). Help the children recognize the /a/ sound in each word.
- ran = /r/ /a/ /n/
- lap = /l/ /a/ /p/
- sat = /s/ /a/ /t/
- bag = /b/ /a/ /g/
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning sound: pat → mat; ran → fan
- Change the ending sound: man → mat; bat → bag
- Change the middle sound: sat → set; pan → pen; pat → pot; lag → log
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a, then draw pictures of things that start with the /a/ sound: acrobat, apple, ant, animal.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Admire the Acrobats