This lesson builds phonics by identifying and decoding words with a short “a”. In 24 pages, the child will
• preview six short “a" words: Pat, hat, has, bat, cat, and can,
• identify and preview a storybook,
• read a story that focuses on the short “a”,
• answer literal comprehension questions,
• understand the question word “what”,
• identify and distinguish rhyming words with short “a”,
• identify and name upper- and lowercase letters “A a”, and
• trace lowercase short “a” in color-coded words.
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RF.1.1d: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
RF.2.2a: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
RF.3.3b: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings for the five major vowels.
RL.2.5: Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
L.1.1a: Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
Also: RF.2.2d, RF.4.4, L.1.2c, L.3.6
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
1.B: Identify upper- and lowercase letters.
1.D: Recognize the difference between a letter and a printed word.
2.C: Orally generate rhymes in response to spoken words.
2.D: Distinguish orally presented rhyming pairs of words from non-rhyming pairs.
3.A: Identify the common sounds that letters represent.
3.B: Use knowledge of letter-sound relationships to decode regular words in text and independent of content.
4.B: Ask and respond to questions about texts read aloud.
Also: 1.A, 4.A, 15, 17.A
This guided-reading pack is the seventh lesson of Book 11
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
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