Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -um to make words such as hum, yum, plum, and drum.
- File folder
- Pie graphic
- Word cards
The children will pull plums out of a pie with their thumbs and add sounds to the -um ending to make words such as hum, gum, yum, and drum.
Play the Plum Pie game
- Make the game board by gluing the pie graphic onto a file folder, laminating it, and carefully slitting the top of the pie.
- Place the plum pie word cards into the pie through the slit on the top of the pie.
- On the other side of the file folder, glue an I Can Spell chart.
- Read or say the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner" for the children.
- Have the children take turns putting their thumb into the pie and pulling out a "plum" (word card).
- Read the word card and have the children follow the instructions on each card as it is pulled.
- Place each word card in the I Can Spell chart and have the children analyze each word using the chart.
Write about the activity using target words
- Give each child a paper and pencil and have them write words from the activity: hum, gum, sum, plum, drum.
- Have the children write short sentences using the words from the activity (e.g., "I like to hum and chew gum." "Plums, yum!").
- After the children write the sentences, have them circle the -um sending in each -um word.
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.