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Students challenge their friends to write the tallest tower by changing one sound at a time.
PhonicsPhoneme/Grapheme Awareness
Grade:1
Lesson from Cleverbean

Word Towers

Learning Intention: Create new words by replacing the beginning, middle or end sound with another one.

Students challenge their friends to write the tallest tower by changing one sound at a time.
PhonicsPhoneme/Grapheme Awareness
Lesson from Cleverbean
Grade: 1

Word Towers

Learning Intention: Create new words by replacing the beginning, middle or end sound with another one.

What you'll need

  • Mini whiteboards
  • Whiteboard markers
  • 3 opaque cups
  • 1 counter or small item
  • Post-it notes
Curriculum

Grade 1 - ACELA1457

Grade 1 - ACELA1458

Success criteria

  • Students are able to replace initial, medial or final phonemes to create a list of new words that they can read.
Lesson

Modelled

  1. Begin the lesson with the simple magician’s guessing game of finding an item hidden under a cup. Set the cups in a row. Write the 3 words ‘beginning, middle, end’ on Post-it notes and place them in front of the cups in order. Hide the counter and clearly state whether you have placed it in the cup at the beginning of the line, the middle or at the end. Mix the cups around quickly and ask a student to point to which one has the counter hidden underneath. Encourage them to refer to the cup as the beginning, the middle or the end. Repeat the game a few times to ensure that students are comfortable with identifying beginning, middle and end when looking left to right.

  2. Discuss the learning intention with the class. Explain to students that they will be given a word to begin with and they will be changing one letter at a time to make a new word. Demonstrate with the cups and the Post-it notes. Write each letter of the word cat on a Post-it note and place it on a cup, lining the letters up with the labels from the game. Ask students to say the beginning, middle and end sounds as you point to each one.

  3. Explain that you will now change the word by replacing a sound. Replace /c/ with /m/. Sound out the word slowly. Ask the students to state whether you changed the beginning, middle or end sound. Repeat a few times and change the location of the letter you change. Students may also offer their suggestions. Words to use might include: cat - mat- bat - bit - lit- lip - rip - sip - sit - sat.