Improve visual and audio recognition of all consonant letters and increase recall of consonants and their sounds. Lively humorous stories, special sound effects, games, rhymes, puzzles, secret messages and illustrations heighten interest. Ideal for individuals and small groups, Consonants on Parade lessons are self-directing and self correcting enabling students to work through out the lessons independently, with private evaluation.
Lesson 9: The Letter S
Objectives • to strengthen visual recognition of the letter S • to develop the ability to recognize the sound of S in the initial, medial, and final positions • to develop the ability to recognize another sound of S (the Z sound) in the medial and final positions • to reinforce the ability to recognize and discriminate between the two sounds of S
In the Lesson In a humorous detective story, the student is introduced to the sound of S, then to the Z sound of S, and, finally, is asked to discriminate between the two sounds. On page 1, the narrator reads a list of six cities which corresponds to a numbered flight board in an illustration. Students listen for the sound of S in the name of each city and write an S on one or more of three lines next to the numeral to indicate the letter's position in the word. This activity acts as a clue in the story. At the top of page 2, a series of words and pictures is used to introduce the Z sound of S in the medial and final positions. At this point, the narrator reminds the students that the letter S has the Z sound only when it is in the medial or final positions in words. The exercise at the bottom of page 2 contains two sets of numbered footprints which have been made by the suspect in the story. As the narrator reads a list of words, the students listen for the Z sound of S and circle the corresponding number on the footprint. Page 3 provides further practice in discriminating between the two sounds of S. Pictured on the page are ten objects found in an old house where the suspect is hiding. The students must determine if the objects pictured have the sound of S or the Z sound in their names. They circle all the objects which contain a Z sound. By tracing over the dotted trail on the page, students connect all the pictures that have the Z sound of S in their names. After following these instructions and then turning the page sideways, the hidden letter S can be seen on the page.