Gather vests for each letter of the alphabet for students to wear during the activity
You may wish to have students hold letter cards if vests are not available
Review letters and corresponding sounds
Emphasize the importance of putting letters and sounds together to make words, putting words together to make sentences and putting sentences together to make stories
Instruct students to pick up their vests and place them over their heads
Instruct which letter, upper case or lower case, you wish students to show in front of them
Review the song instructions. For example: Say “We are going to find letters of the alphabet by asking where the letter can be found and what sound that letter makes”
Invite students to sing the “Where Is?” song to the tune of Frere Jacques
Sing: “Where is a? Where is a?” (sing the letter names)
Student with the letter vest a stands and sings: “Here I am, here I am”
Sing: “What do you say a? What do you say a?”
Student responds by singing letter sound /a/
Repeat the song by calling out different letter names found on the students’ vests and having them respond with the corresponding letter sound
English Language Learners/ESL:
- Provide opportunities to work in small groups and exaggerate each sound and corresponding action - During practice saying letter sounds in isolation, point to your mouth and tell student to look and say correct response
LD/Reading & Writing Difficulties:
- Have the song available at a listening center for additional practice
Cultural Appropriateness & Diversity:
- Use alternate actions to which the students are familiar
Armbruster, B. B., Lehr, F., & Osborn, J. (2003). Phonics instruction. In Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read kindergarten through grade 3 (pp. 11-17). Jessup, MD: National Institute for Literacy.
The goal of Let's Vest Up: Reviewing Letter Sounds Through Song is to build students' understanding of letter-sound correspondences by having them sing about sounds and match them with letters.
What You Need
- Gather and prepare vests
- Teacher reviews importance of knowing letter names and sounds - Teacher models song - Teacher invites students to join in by singing
Students: - Letter vests (1 per student)
What You Do
Direct instruction: - while teacher reviews importance of knowing letter names and sounds Modeling: - while teacher models song Facilitator: - while students sing
Whole class: - during review, teacher modeling and singing
- Use a checklist to track students' ability to correctly respond when called upon
- Take anecdotal notes during small group instruction of letter-sound correspondences
- Create a listening center and include the song and letter cards for matching
- While wearing the vests have students make 3 and 4-letter words
- For this activity, the short vowel sounds should be taught to go with each vowel letter (/a/ as in cat, /e/ as in bed, /i/ as in sit, /o/ as in pop, and /u/ as in up). Also, remember that there are additional sounds in English that are not represented by single alphabet letters.
- A systematic and explicit approach to teaching phonics in the early stages of literacy development is important to a student's development of basic reading and spelling skills.
- Explicitly teaching phonics through an interactive and action-based program helps students become motivated for literacy.
- Strategically seat students who may require redirection
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