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Lesson: Learn to Read


Author: Kelly Emanuelson
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 1 - 2

Introduction

The lesson will consist of three different activities in order to improve the students' reading ability. They will first go to Starfall.com. Starfall motivates children to use their natural sense of wonder and curiosity to enhance learning. The students will listen to, manipulate, read, and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of books and games. They follow a specific sequence in order to answer questions for the book quiz at the end of the lesson. First, the students will play the game 'Make a Word'. They will have to match the first sound with the ending sound. For example, they will match the letters r, f, p, and c with -an to make these words: ran, fan, pan, and can. Next, they incorporate what they learned during 'Make a Word' into a small book. This book reads each word while emphasizing the sound of a particular letter. The students will read "ABC Letters in the Library" and take a comprehension quiz to conclude the lesson.

Goals

Students will… • Correctly pronounce the long and short sounds of the letter A • Apply their ability to read words containing the letter A while reading the short book • Read a Tumblebook about the letters of the alphabet to familiarize the student with the letter A as well as all other letters • Answer five comprehensive quiz questions based on what they read in the Tumblebook, which they will print out and turn in to be graded

Directions

General directions are available in the activity sections.The following directions are spoken by the teacher. "Good Morning, boys and girls. Today we are going to be learning about the first letter of the alphabet. What is the letter? Good! A! So, I would like you to turn on your computers and go to Starfall (Desktop icon). Click on the ‘Learn to Read’ button. The first row on the chart? Please, click on the an under the play column. You will be given the letters P,C,F, and R to make words. The word you make must match the picture that you see on the page. Say each word along with the computer. For example, the first picture is a… pan! Right! So you would use the mouse to drag over the letter P and place it in the space before –an. After you make all of the words, say each word again to review. Click on the printer icon to print your results. Click on the green arrow to move on. Click on the at in the first row and column, right next to 'an'. You will make four different words by clicking and dragging the letters H,C,R, and B to attach them to –at. Once again, make sure the you make a word that matches the picture, and saying each word along with the computer. Say each word at the end and print your results. Click on the green arrow when you are done. Look at the ‘Books’ Column. Do you see the first book? It is called Zac the Rat. Click on it and listen to voice reading the book. There will be a hand pointing to what you need to click. See how the arrow points to the x and arrow? As you read, notice how the long A sounds as the words are being read. You need to click on the words to have them read to you. After you have read every word in the sentence, read it all together, then click on the green arrow to move to the next page. Every time you click the arrow, make the long A sound. If you click the pictures of the book, Zac and the ants will move. At the end of the book, you will be asked, “Did you like this book?”. Click on the smiley face if you liked it, the middle face if you somewhat liked it, and the frowning face if you did not like it. Close out of Starfall by clicking on the X in the upper corner. Click on the Tumblebook icon on your desktop. Login using the username trolley and password books. Click on the top left bubble near the little book guy that is called ‘Story Books’. Scroll down to the second book, ABC Letters in the Library by Bonnie Farmer. You need to click on the button that says ‘View Online’ located above the picture of the cover of the book. Let it load. Adjust the volume so you can hear the words. Once it loads, you will see buttons on the left and right. On the left, there is a pause and rewind button. On the right, there is a repeat, auto, manual, and fast forward button. The auto button will make the book pages move along by themselves, automatically. The manual button will allow you to go from page to page at your own pace. I want all of you to click on the manual button, so that you can read the book as fast or slow as you want. After you are done, close the window and go back to the Tumblebook window. Go back to the original page and click on the ‘Tumble Quiz’ button. Answer the five questions as best as you can. After you answer each question, click on the green arrow to go to the next question. Click on the ‘Report Card’ button to see which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly. Once the quiz is completed, the screen will show you your score. Click on the printer icon to print your score. "


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Activity: Make a Word: AN


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Goals

Students will spell and pronounce 4 -an words while applying the short A sound within a 5 minute time period.

Directions

Adjust the volume. Listen to the word and look at the picture. Double click one of the letters and drag it over to make the correct -an word. Say each word with the computer at the end, and print the words. Click the green arrow when you are done.



Activity: Make a Word: AT


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Goals

Students will spell and pronounce 4 -at words while applying the short A sound within a 5 minute time period.

Directions

Listen to the spoken word and look at the picture. Double click on of the letters on the left and drag it over to -at to make the correct word. Say each word at the end of the activity. Print the words. Click the green arrow when you are done.



Activity: Read "Zac the Rat"


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Goals

Students will utilize the long a sound by reading the book and listening to how each word is pronounced within a 15 minutes.

Directions

Sing the short A song. Click on each word as you read the book. Click the x to exit the word reader screen. Click the green arrows to turn the pages. At the end of the book, select the face that best describes how much you liked, or disliked, the book.



Activity: "ABC Letters in the Library" Story and Quiz


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Goals

Students will read the online book to familiarize themselves with the the letter A as well as other letters. Students' reading comprehension will be assessed with a post-reading quiz online.

Directions

Close out of Starfall. Login to Tumblebooks using the username trolley and password books. Click on the top left bubble near the little book guy that is called ?Story Books?. Scroll down to the 'ABC Letters in the Library' by Bonnie Farmer. You need to click on the button that says ?View Online?. Let it load. Adjust the volume so you can hear the words. Use pause, rewind, and repeat buttons as needed. Click on the manual button, to read book at desired speed. Close the window and go back to the Tumblebook window when finsihed. Go back to the original page and click on the ?Tumble Quiz? button. Answer the five questions. Click on the green arrow to go to the next question. Click on the ?Report Card? button. Click on the printer icon to print score.




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