Reflection: Lesson Planning Long Vowels & Limericks-Looking at Poetry - Section 4: Teacher's Turn


This lesson is about identifying long vowels and looking how they can be spelled. Although there were great examples of short vowels, we really just focused on the long vowels now. We only looked for those in our materials and left the others for a later discussion. 

I did not include the  ‘r controlled' (or, er, ir, ar, ur) vowels in this lesson either. The kids have a harder time identifying the vowel sound when it’s blended with an ‘r’.  This is how my explanation about r controlled vowels.

I did have questions about this as we went through the lesson and it led to some great 'teachable moments' about how a vowel sounds in a team (ea, ai, ay), how it sounds with a 'magic e' (mane, tube), and how it changes when paired with an 'r'.  This is another discussion about r controlled vowels. Ultimately, you need to chose for yourself, especially when you're teaching a broader topic (like long vowels) how you want to focus the lesson. It's not possible to teach all the kinds of vowels in one session, so I just helped the kids focus on the vowel teams for this lesson, and addressed other long vowels later. Careful planning about a topic or skill that is board and a deliberate focus will help you target one area to address and give the kids time to digest rules about one skill before moving onto rules about the broader topic.

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Long Vowels & Limericks-Looking at Poetry

Unit 14: Poetry-Rhythm, Rhyme, Repeated Words-Let's Look at Different Kinds of Poetry
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT distinguish long vowels in regular spelled one-syllable words and common vowel teams.

Big Idea: Look at Limericks for Long Vowels!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, Poetry, rhyme, figurative language (Poetry), 2nd Grade, limericks, long vowels, vowel teams, rhythm
  55 minutes
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