I am trying to get a little ahead with my phonemic awareness group. Most students who need a boost in this area also need their language & vocabulary targeted. I decided to try out a shades of meaning for the word little with this group. We will see how it goes!
I focused on three main activities with this unit. I always start with Concept of Word (C.O.W.) where students print match with sentence segmentation. There is way too much research on the need for students to master this concept as a foundational skill to ever leave this out.
The second activity that I created was a substitution activity with words that end like tree: LONG E. I always say, "Take off the ___ and put on a ___." Then I sound out the new word in onset and rime with the students. IE: s-ee, SEE!
Finally, I am noticing that this particular group needs their overall vocabulary built up so I incorporated a shades of meaning activity for the word little. I expect that this will be confusing for a while, but we will practice it many times. I have 8 words selected for this activity. Preview is below.
Incorporating a book into any activity to make a strong literacy connection is crucial. Here are a few books that I have selected.