I’m so excited to share with you Lesson 1 of a series I’m calling Phonics by The Book! This is the first lesson in a series of lessons that will teach beginning reader phonics skills and teach God’s Word at the same time! I can’t wait to begin this journey with you!
In this post, you’ll find:
my God Made It All reader (with a focus on short a words)
printables & activities for reinforcing short a words with blends/digraphs
writing ideas & prompts
Bible Verse activities
A lesson outline that gives a plan for spacing out the activities over the week (note: we didn’t do all of these activities, some are just suggestions)
pictures of ALuv trying it out
The routines and activities in all the lessons of the short vowel unit will be very similar in nature, if not exactly the same, to keep with consistency and to help build confidence and independence. Below are some pictures of ALuv trying it out. 🙂 I hope these picture will also help to clarify how to do some of the activities.
GOD MADE IT ALL READER Please note that this text is protected by www.myfreecopyright.com.
On our first time through, I read most of the God Made It All Reader while he listened. We talked about a few words as we read such as clam, drab, mass, and mighty. He helped me read a few of the words, but mainly just wanted to listen.
On subsequent readings, he took over more of the reading. I knew that it would take a while for him to build his confidence because there are a lot of words in the text, especially when compared to the little independent readers he’s been reading, and although I knew he could read almost every word, he didn’t know that. 🙂
SHORT A ACTIVITIES:
1. Short a word sort with the word families -at, -and, & -ack. Most of the words chosen from this sort come directly from the God Made It All Reader. If you like this sort, these are the same kind of sorts you’ll find in Words Their Way & all their supplement books. I highly recommend these!
2. Here he is on day 2 color coding the short a words by word family chunks. He got to use the new pen he got in his stocking this year. I loved these pens as a kid and had no clue they still made them!
3. Little Words activity with PLANTS
4. We went on a word hunt with the short a word sort.
5. Blind Sort: I set up the head words from the sort: CAT, AND & BLACK. I held the stack of words so he could not see them and called each one out. His job was to visualize the word and point to the column where it belonged. Then, I placed the word in the column so he could check it.
SIGHT WORDS: (You can find a list of sight words for the lesson on the very first page of the God Made It All Reader and word cards in the Word-Wac-Woe activity.)
For the week, these are the words I chose to teach ALuv: day, night, with, and them. That doesn’t necessarily mean those are the words you must teach your child. Find 2-5 words on the word list that your child doesn’t know and focus in on those.
Secret Sentence: Unscramble the sight words to find the secret sentence
Roll & Write a Sentence: Roll 2 dice, add the sum, then use the number code to fill in the sentence. (2 pages in download)
Word-Wac-Woe : (strategy resembles Tic-Tac-Toe)
Because I used this lesson mainly for short a words and sight words, we did not do most of the writing and Bible Verse portions, but please feel free to use.
Dictated Sentence: God made the cat and ant to go on land. I read the sentence aloud several times and ALuv wrote it down with very little help from me. (It reviews short a words as well as sight words.)
BIBLE VERSE: More ideas are listed in the Lesson 1 Outline, but I’ve included the Cut & Paste Bible Verse in the download.
You can download this pack for FREE by clicking HERE!
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