Take advantage of songs, movement, and imagination to teach the r-controlled vowels and vowel diphthongs! These lessons include 8 posters and companion songs for introducing r-controlled vowels and vowel diphthongs (ou/ow, oi/oy, oo/ew, au/aw). Each poster has a Vowel Pal whose name represents his/her sound and that Vowel Pal's show and tell (an object representing that vowel sound). There are motions to go with every song enabling children to make strong connections between the vowel sound and the letters representing that sound. The lessons also include phonemic awareness, letter/sound manipulation activities, and "word wall" words.
When I introduce each vowel sound in my classroom, I display the corresponding Vowel Pal poster before the students arrive. I let the children discover the new Vowel Pal. I'm as surprised as they are to see that a new friend has joined our class! We then proceed to make the new Vowel Pal feel welcome by doing activities with his/her sound. What fun!
An interactive SMARTboard or computer program containing these Vowel Pals is available. This download has activities for building word families and the Vowel Pal songs. It makes the Vowel Pals come to life! I hope you check it out!
by Cheryl Thrasher
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