Objective: Use knowledge of letters and letter sounds to correctly identify the word mamá in context
Common Core Standard:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.C Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do,does).
- Large alphabet letters (printable here)
- First 5 words flashcards (printable here)
- The book El Silabario Castellano por Porfirio Brenes Castro, pp 6-7 (printable here)
- A pen or pencil for the student
Duration: 20 minutes
Lesson Plan: Today I wanted to isolate a single word and see if Big Sister could identify it in context of the reading. She could! Here’s what we did:
- Read pages 6-7 of El Silabario Castellano, focusing on the syllables and phoneme sounds. We read these very slowly while pointing to each individual word
- I got out the letters for the word mamá, and the flashcard. I asked her to put the letters in the correct order to spell mamá, and tell me the sounds as she did so, by asking the following questions for each letter: “¿Cuál es esta letra? ¿Qué sonido hace?”
- I gave her a copy of pages 6-7 of el Silabario Castellano and told her to underline/mark each time she saw the word mamá. I gave her hints such as “Hay cinco palabras mamá en esta página. ¿Cuántas has encontrado? ¿Es esta palabra mamá? ¿Con cuál sonido empieza esta palabra? ¿Es el mismo sonido que el primer sonido de la palabra mamá?” She did this fairly well, but then did get mamá and Memo confused. She also got distracted and colored Ana and Memo on the page, and we ended the lesson there.
What I would do differently: The lesson plan is solid, but I am still thinking about the motivation/attention span considerations for doing this with a three year old. DEFINITELY different than my high schoolers, but each day this week I have seen improvement in her ability to retain the sounds and letters, and to recognize the sight words.
Bottom line: Keep on truckin’!