Daily Lesson Planning
Special Note: Throughout the year, as you write words on the board or on charts, talk about the letters (how they look and sound) and how words are made up of letters. Point out capital letters at the beginnings of names.
Introduction to Concepts of Print
- Explore the letters, their sounds, and how they are put together to form words in "Writers use letters to make words." Model writing several words using the letters in the illustration. You might start with “b” and practice the “b” sound. Then, as you add another letter, perhaps an “a”, practice that sound. Suggest a final letter—“t”—and practice that sound. Then change the initial letter to “c” or “h.” Also demonstrate changing the middle or final letter. Invite the children to suggest letters that could form words. Have them make the sounds and decide whether their creation is a real word.
- Implement “Writers use letters to make words” (BB 40).
Activities with Making Words
- Implement letter-word activities (BB 41-47) during the week.
- Encourage children to write little words (“I” and “a”). Write other short words and have the children say them. Ask volunteers for words that begin with a certain sound or contain a certain letter.
- Implement "Fruit and Vegetable Words."
- Use the board or chart paper to make rhyming words, names (special words that begin with capital letters), or other words based on a theme or current topic.
- Create a box of word cards that children can draw from to practice copying words. Invite them to copy words they find on word walls or in other places around the classroom.
- Introduce categories such as “animals,” “pets,” “plants,” “places,” “jobs,” and so on. Ask children to offer words that match the chosen category. Then print one word in large letters on a sheet of construction paper for each student. Have them illustrate their words. Put the pages together in a class book for your reading center.
- Invite the children to come up with their own key words for the alphabet chart. Have them make a new alphabet bubble for a letter and word of their choice. They may draw a picture, too. If you assign the entire alphabet, make a class book.
- Encourage children to write new words in their personal word dictionaries or in their Buddy Books (BB 80-105).