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

See More

Target Words:

  • adventure
  • attic
  • apple
  • athlete
  • ant

Materials:

  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • A Writing practice page(see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they 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.

Practice the skill within an activity
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 (see below) 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 (see below).
  • Have the children circle the letter A on the word cards and provide help with reading the words.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)
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 (see below), 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 (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a on the writing practice page (see below).
  • 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).

Printouts

SEEL At Home

See More
Print

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

Materials

  • Picture cards (see below)

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 (see below) 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

See More

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.

http://education.byu.edu/seel/library/