Blend Sounds Together
Materials and Preparation
Guided Practice Worksheet:
Independent Practice Worksheet:
Students will demonstrate the ability to blend sounds together to form words, enhancing their phonological awareness.
Introduction (5 minutes)
Begin by engaging students with a quick discussion on the importance of sounds in words. Emphasize that words are made up of sounds, and when we read, we sound out the letters and blend them together to say the word.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)
Learn with an example: Present the word "bag." Ask the question: "Listen to the sounds I say. Blend them together. What word do they make?" Emphasize the key idea that words are composed of sounds. Guided Example: Say the sounds "b-a-g" and guide students to blend them together to form the word "bag." Explain that when writing, letters are used to represent sounds in a word, and when reading, we blend the sounds together. Solution: Reinforce the solution: "Think about the sounds you heard, b-a-g. When you blend the sounds together, you get the word 'bag.'"
Guided Practice (5 minutes)
Distribute the guided practice worksheet "Blend Sounds Together." Students will work in pairs or small groups, circling the blended sounds as directed on the worksheet.
Independent Practice (10 minutes)
Distribute the independent practice worksheet "Blend Sounds Together." Students will match the word to its corresponding picture, applying the blending skill independently.
Provide additional support to struggling students through targeted interventions or one-on-one assistance.
Challenge advanced students with additional blending exercises or encourage them to create their own words and sounds.
Assessment (5 minutes)
Assess students based on their participation in guided and independent practice, as well as their performance in the exit ticket/formative assessment.
Review and closing (5 minutes)
Summarize the importance of blending sounds together in reading and writing. Reinforce the connection between sounds and words.
Be aware that students may confuse sounds; address this by offering clarification and additional practice opportunities.
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