Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What Makes a Word? - Section 2: Introduction to Students


Once students have completed this lesson a couple of times, I really like to expand on it!  I think it is crucial that students develop a deep understanding of what I am explicitly teaching with these lessons.  Also, I think it is important that I have games and supporting activities to relate to these mini-lessons that are coherently aligned. 

I really like to extend the lesson and do the following (when time permits). 
"Now that you've all learned the tricks about letters and words, let's make this exercise a little more tricky for ourselves.  Let's play a little game.  This game is called "First, Last."  I want you to tell me if a letter, that is inside a word, is first or last.  Remember, a letter is only one small part in a word.  So, every word will have one or more letter.  Let's look!"

I will write the following on the board, then ask the questions:

at- "Which letter is first?  Which letter is last?  GOOD!" (Point as I ask.)
cat- "Which letter is first?  Which letter is last?  GOOD!" (Point as they answer.)
cats- "Which letter is first?  Which letter is last?" (Have a student come and point as I ask.)
bats- "Which letter is first?  Which letter is last?" (Have students point from their place as I ask.)

I like doing this because it builds on the skill we have been working on while reviewing and also looking at something a little more difficult!  This activity can provide both support and challenge if done correctly!

  Extending this Introduction to All Daily Mini-Lessons Covering this Topic
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Extending this Introduction to All Daily Mini-Lessons Covering this Topic
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What Makes a Word?

Unit 5: Daily Foundational Skills Practice
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

Big Idea: Short, systematic instruction about the difference between letters and words- a basic, necessary foundational skill

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