Make Dad Glad

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ad to make words such as dad, glad, sad, mad, and bad.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dad
  • glad

Materials:

  • Whiteboards and dry erase markers
  • Book: Dad, Aren't You Glad? By Lynn Plourde (Dutton Juvenile, 2005) (optional)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will do things to make dads glad while they add sounds to the -ad ending to make words such as bad, glad, mad, sad, and dad.

Practice the skill within an activity

How to make dads glad

  • Read the story Dad, Aren't You Glad? by Lynn Plourde (optional).
  • Ask children what they could do to make a dad glad (e.g., draw a picture, make his bed, clean his room).
  • Divide the children into small groups and have each group think of something they could do to make a dad glad.
  • Let the children create a charade (acting with no talking) to show what they would do.
  • After a few minutes, give each group a turn to act out their charade in front of the class while the other children try to guess the idea. 
  • When a child has guessed the correct action, have everyone say the following in unison:
    • /d/, /a/, /d/ (sounds separated) dad (complete word) 
    • /gl/, /a/, /d/ (sounds separated) glad (complete word). 
    • Dad is glad!

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Blend, segment, and spell sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then have them clap to say the whole word (e.g. /b/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /d/ tap fingers = bad clap hands).
    • /d/ /a/ /d/ = dad
    • /s/ /a/ /d/ = sad
    • /gl/ /a/ /d/ = glad
  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and fingers (end) (e.g. bad = /b/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /d/ tap fingers). Point out that all of the words have the -ad sound at the end of the word. 
    • dad = /d/ /a/ /d/
    • sad = /s/ /a/ /d/
    • mad = /m/ /a/ /d/
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
    • glad lad  sad  sat  mat  man  tan  tin  pin  pig → big → bit  bat  sat  fat  fan → ran

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Objective
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ad to make words such as dad, glad, sad, mad, and bad.

Materials 

  • 2 pieces of paper folded over and stapled to look like a booklet
  • Pencil and crayons

Activity: Dad is Glad

  • Help your child think of things he or she could do to make his or her dad glad.
  • Play charades. One person will act out one of the ideas without using words. The other person will guess by saying, "D-aaaa-d is gl-aaaa-d when?" (Stretch out the short /a/ sound when saying dad and glad).
  • Help your child make a book called Dad is Glad. He or she can illustrate a front cover and write the title. Have your child write a sentence (using invented spelling and support) on each inside page that says what makes dad glad (e.g.; Dad is glad when ___.). Have your child illustrate each sentence (optional). 
  • Read the book together, stretching the short /a/ sound when saying dad and glad (e.g., d-aaaa-d, gl-aaaa-d).
  • Have your child change the /d/ sound at the beginning of dad to a different sound then blend the sounds together to make new -ad words (e.g., /b/ + /ad/ = bad; /h/ + /ad/ = had; /s/ + /ad/ = sad).

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words

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