Adventure in the Attic

Objective

Associate the letter A (and lowercase a) with the short /a/ sound as in ant, cat, and animal.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • adventure
  • attic
  • apple
  • athlete
  • ant

Materials:

  • Picture cards
  • Word cards
  • Word blending cards
  • A Writing practice page

Overview
The children will go on an adventure in an attic while they practice saying the short /a/ sound in words that start with the letter A, such as adventure, add, astronaut, actor, acrobat, ambulance, and apple.

Literacy Activities
Go on an adventure in the attic

  • Write the uppercase A and lowercase a on the board and tell the children that the letter A sometimes makes the /a/ sound like in the word at.
  • Have the children practice writing the letter in the air while they produce the /a/ sound.
  • Hide the picture cards around the room.
  • Tell the children they will pretend to go on an adventure in an attic (explain that an attic is a room at the top part of some houses that people sometimes use for storage) as they search for pictures of items that start with the /a/ sound.
  • Allow the children to search for the pictures and instruct them to tape the picture cards to the letter A written on the board.
  • Repeat the activity using word cards.
  • Have the children circle the letter A on the word cards and provide help with reading the words.

More Practice
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 fingers (end) (e.g. cat = /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers).
    • 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 on the writing practice page.
  • Allow the children to draw pictures of things that start with the /a/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., apple, ant, animal).

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Objective
Associate the letter A (and lowercase a) with the short /a/ sound as in mat, cat, and sat.

Materials

  • Picture cards

Activity: Act out the Action

  • Help your child write the uppercase A and lowercase a and point out that the letter A sometimes makes the /a/ sound like in at.
  • Hide the picture cards around the room.
  • Allow your child to pretend to go on an adventure in an attic as he/she searches for pictures of items that start with the /a/ sound. 
  • Have your child tape the picture cards to the letter A that your child wrote, saying the /a/ sound each time he/she adds a picture to the A.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Picture Cards

Standards

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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.

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