Associate the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i with the short /i/ sound, as in igloo, inch, and imagine.
- Igloo graphic*
- White plastic bowl or cup
- Picture cards*
- Magnifying glass
- Word blending cards*
- Practice writing page*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make an igloo and say the short /i/ sound when they see the letter I in words such as iguana, inchworm, and infant.
Inspect the i pictures
- Help the children make an igloo by turning a white box, plastic bowl or cup upside down, attaching the igloo graphic (found below), then cutting out a door on the dotted line.
- Place the picture cards (found below) around the room.
- Emphasizing the target sound, tell the children to use a magnifying glass to inspect each picture, and have them decide if each picture starts with i like igloo.
- When a child finds a word or picture beginning with I, have him/her say, “I found an ___.”
- Have the children use a ruler to inspect one another’s pictures to see if they are one inch.
- Tell the children to place the picture cards inside the igloo.
- If a child mistakenly identifies a picture, ask the child if the word starts with /i/ like igloo.
- Repeat the activity using word cards (support as needed).
Invite inside the igloo
- Gather the children in a circle and pretend to be inside an igloo.
- Tell them they can only invite animals and people that start with the /I/ sound (e.g., inventor, insect, inchworm, infant, iguana, illustrator, inspector).
- Make a list of the people and objects the children would like to invite to the imaginary party.
- Have each child write the sentence, “I will invite an _____ inside the igloo” and fill in the blank with an animal or person from the list.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Have the children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their head (beginning), their stomach (middle) and their toes (end) (e.g., cat = /c/ tap head, /a/ tap stomach, /t/ tap knees).
- Point out that all of the words have the /i/ sound in the middle of the word.
- pig = p + i + g
- sit = s + i + t
- fin = f + i + n
- lid = l + i + d
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning sound: pig → dig; bit → sit; hid → lid
- Change the ending sound: fit → fin; sit → sip; bin → bid
- Change the middle sound: pit → pot; bin → bun; did → dad
Practice writing the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter I and the lowercase letter i then draw pictures of things they found while inspecting words that start with i.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i with the short /i/ sound, as in igloo, inch, and is.
- Pictures cards
- White plastic bowl or cup
Activity: Inside the Igloo
- Make an igloo by turning a plastic container upside down, attaching the igloo graphic, then cutting out the door on the dotted line.
- Hide the picture cards around the room.
- Inspect the room to find all of the pictures that start with the letter I, which makes the /i/ sound like igloo.
- Inspect each picture with a ruler and decide whether or not the pictures measure one inch.
- Help your child decide which pictures start with the /i/ sound as in igloo, and place those pictures in the igloo, saying "An i___ can go inside an igloo."
- Have your child write the uppercase letter I and lowercase i several times then draw a picture of something that starts with /i/.
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.
Inside the Igloo