A Band That Blends
- Six envelopes
- Envelope activity cards*
- Word-building cards*
*Items included below.
Make a band that blends sounds
- Print one set of the envelope activity cards (see below) and divide them into six envelopes with one word in each envelope.
- Tell the children that musical sounds blend together to create a song.
- Illustrate how initial l blends (e.g., cl, pl) can combine with word endings (e.g., -ap, -ang, -uck, -ing, -unk) to make musical words.
- Divide the children into six groups and give each group an envelope.
- Switch envelopes and allow the children to create a different musical word.
Write a L blend rhythm
- Write a rhythm on the board and have the children clap out the rhythm as they read the words. For example,
- Clang, clang — clap, clap — plink, plink — plunk
- Clank, clank, clank — pluck — pling, pling — clank
- Pling, pling, pling — clang, clang, clang — pling — plunk
- Plunk, plunk — pling, pling — plunk, plunk
- Display a word wall with words that represent musical sounds: plunk, pling, clang, clink, clunk, clank, clap, plink, click, and clack.
- Let the children rely on the word wall to write their own musical rhythms and then chant a few together.
Blend and build words
- Show the children more initial L blends (e.g., cl, pl, sl, fl, gl) and word endings (e.g., -an, -ad, -ack, -ing) by using the word-building cards (see below).
- Display L blend cards on the left and word endings on the right side of a whiteboard or table.
- Let the children put a beginning blend card with a word ending card, read the separate sounds, then blend them into a word (support as needed).
- Repeat until all of the word-building cards have been used.
- Have the children write the words they made and then read them to each other.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
A Band That Blends