Drum, Hum, and Strum

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -um to make words such as hum, strum, and drum.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • drum
  • hum
  • strum

Materials:

  • Drums or containers
  • Real or toy guitars 
  • Kazoos 
  • Drum, Hum, and Strum song 
  • Word cards 

Overview
The children will drum, hum, and strum as they add sounds to the -um ending to make words such as hum, strum, and drum

Literacy Activities
Drum, hum, and strum

  • Teach children the Drum, Hum, and Strum song sung to the tune of "Hokey Pokey."
  • Pass out instruments to pairs of children and allow them to practice playing their instruments.
  • Have the children play their instrument when it is called for in the song, as everyone sings:
    • We can drum, drum, drum. (tap on drum)
    • We can hum, hum, hum. (hum into kazoo)
    • We can strum, strum, strum. (strum guitar)
    • We like to play with -um.
    • We can drum, drum, drum. (tap on drum)
    • We can hum, hum, hum. (hum into kazoo)
    • Dum Ditty Dum-Dum-Dum! (play all instruments at the same time)
  • During the song hold up word cards as visual cues to help the children know when to drum, hum, or strum (optional).
  • Repeat, allowing other children to take a turn playing the instruments.

Segment -um words

  • Say an -um word then have the children drum or clap as they segment each sound (e.g., /d/ /r/ /u/ /m/, drum).
  • Repeat with other target words (e.g., strum, hum, gum, sum).
  • Segment an -um word by strumming once for each sound in the word then have the children blend the sounds together and guess the word (e.g., /d/ /r/ /u/ /m/, drum).
  • Repeat with other words.

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

  • Read the Drum, Hum, Strum song together as a class. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -um.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write words from dictation: strum, sum, drum, hum, gum.
  • Emphasize the process of blending the beginning sound(s) with the -um ending to spell each word.

SEEL Target Texts

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Drum, Hum, and Strum

We can drum, drum, drum.
We can hum, hum, hum.
We can strum, strum, strum.
We like to play with -um.
We can drum, drum, drum.
We can hum, hum, hum.
Dum Ditty Dum-Dum-Dum!

Sung to the tune of Hokey Pokey 
(http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/hokey-pokey/index.htm)

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Objective
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -um to make words such as hum, strum, and drum.

Materials 

  • Drum, Hum, and Strum song 
  • Toy drum or container
  • Toy guitar 
  • Toy kazoo 

Activity: Drum, Hum, and Strum

  • Gather or make musical instruments with your child.
  • Practice singing the song Drum, Hum, and Strum to the tune of "Hokey Pokey" and help your child read the song words. 
  • Sing the song, playing the homemade musical instruments at the same time. 
  • Make a list of words ending with -um (e.g., strum, sum, drum, hum, gum).
  • Emphasize the process of blending the beginning sound(s) with the -um ending to spell each word.
  • This activity can be repeated several times.

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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