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Kids make a paper chain of short ‘a’ words here
Title – Short “a” Word Chain
By – Jozette Goss
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – 1
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills English Language Arts Standards:
- 110.3.b.1.3 C: Listening/speaking/audiences/oral grammar. The student is expected to ask and answer relevant questions and make contributions in small or large group discussions.
- 110.3.b.1.8 A: Reading/word identification. The student is expected to decode by using all letter sound correspondences within a word.
- The student will be able to:
- Recognize the short “a” sound in any word.
- Determine if the words have short “a” sounds.
- Write their own words with the short “a” sound.
- Construction paper
- Cut out strips from the construction paper. Make chart with short “a” and non-short “a” sounds.
- Call students by group to go to the carpet.
- Whichever group is quietest will be the first to be able to move.
- “Today we’re going to make a great chain of short “a” words.”
- By group, send the kids to the carpet.
- Explain to them that we are going to read the words together.
- Tell them that when they hear the short “a” sound, they will put their hands on their head.
- Review how short “a” sounds.
- Check to make sure they are putting their hands on their head on the right word.
- Now ask a volunteer to come up and circle the short “a” word in the 1st row and to put the “short vowel” symbol on top of the “a”.
- Do the same with a different volunteer for each row.
- Ask some volunteers to think of some more short “a” words.
- “Let me show you what we’re going to be doing today.”
- Write a short “a” word they give you, sounding it out to write it, on a strip of construction paper.
- Do the same for a second word, but on a different piece of construction paper.
- Show them how the paper rolls so that the two pieces can fit together like a chain.
- Have the students go back to their seats.
- Pass out two strips to each child.
- Tell them to get out their box, open it, get out a crayon
- Now coming up with their own short “a” words, have them write two of them on their strips of paper.
- Bring the class back to the carpet.
- Have each student present their words and add it to the chain.
- “Now we have a big beautiful chain for you to all practice with.”
- Review the short “a” words you went over in class.