Same First Letter Sound
Learners connect familiar words from their own vocabulary with specific sounds to help them with strengthening their spelling associations.
Materials Needed: whiteboard, marker
- Choose a vocabulary word from the week’s unit.
- Write the word on the whiteboard, then go through the word letter by letter.
- For each letter, ask the learner/s to tell you what sound the letter makes.
- Have the learner/s verbally generate a list of words that start with the same sound.
Example: During the unit on community:
Teacher: What is this word?
Teacher: What’s the first letter?
Teacher: What sound does the letter B make?
Teacher: What are other words that start with the /b/ sound?
Learner/s: Boy, baby, ball, etc.
Expansion (with a small group) 1: Materials Needed: ball
Use a ball toss to encourage all of the learners to speak. For each letter, have every learner say a word that starts with the corresponding sound when they catch the ball. Encourage the learners in the group to help one another if someone has problems generating a word.
Expansion 2: Have the higher level learners spell some of the words out loud.