I was so excited that ALuv did as well as he did with the A_E Pattern Pack I made for him! Here are some “action” shots of him as he worked this past week:
Day 1: Introducing the Sort
He cut out the words, placed the head words at the top and he sorted them visually by these patterns: a or a_e. I quickly read through each word for the purpose of building vocabulary (pane, vane, etc.). I used the pictures from the picture/word matching, pp. 4-5 of download, to demonstrate the meaning of some of the words.
Then, we read through the words again and this time I over-emphasized the a sound in each word. I asked him if he noticed anything about the sound of the a in each column. He discovered that every time there was an e at the end, the a said its name. Good discovery!
Day 2: Matching Pictures to Words
We re-sorted the words from the sort (a vs. a_e), revisiting the patterns and the a sound first.
Day 3: Flip the Word Activity
ALuv has never enjoyed drawing for some reason. He’d rather write 10 pages before drawing the first picture. As soon as I told him this would be a part of the activity, he began whining.
So, I printed off the word matching pictures (pp. 4-5 of download) in black and white and he cut out the ones he needed and pasted them onto the other side of the flip chart. No biggie. (Sorry the picture is a bit on the blurry side.)
Day 4: Fill in the Sentence
Before he worked on his sheet, we use the flip a word chart to review reading a few short a and long a words, then he completed the sentences.
a_e Write the Word (I used this as an assessment tool-just to gauge where his understanding was of the a_e pattern; so he didn’t have any help.)