Isabella Horning and Jack Taylor
At the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify words with the starting sounds from the letters Bb, Dd, Gg, and Jj. This is based off the kindergarten common standards:
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
“Hello friends! Today we are going to practice our letter sounds for the letters b, d, g, and j. I want everyone to open up their iPads to the SeeSaw app. Push that lightbulb button and you will see an assignment for today. Click on the image for the assignment and it should open up Jamboard! Once your screen looks like mine, put your pencil over your head.
Okay class, lets look at this first slide together. What letter is at the top? A, thats right! What sound does the letter A make? aaaa like apple! Nice job! What pictures do you all see on this slide?
Excellent job! Now notice how all the pictures, drawings, and words start with the aaa sound. I want you all to hit the arrow at the top and flip to the next slide. Now there are two letters! What letters do you see? Thats right! What sound does the letter Bb spell? Good and what sound does the letter Dd spell? Okay I want everyone to put on their thinking caps and think of words that start with those two sounds. Once you have an idea, you can draw it, write it, or find a picture of it and add it to a spot on the Jamboard under the letter it starts with.
Now remember, Jamboard is a learning tool, so we don’t use it to draw silly pictures or to mess with our friends ideas, we are responsible with it or we lose out on the ability to use it.
Once you’re done with Bb and Dd, hit that top arrow again and do the same thing with Gg and Jj. Put your pencil over your head when you’re all finished and we’ll look at all our classmates ideas together!”
For the teacher: If students are struggling to come up with ideas, prompt them to think about categories (“what are some foods you like? animals? etc.). Once students are finished, go through each letter section together as a class, verifying answers and showing different examples. If a student makes a mistake, frame it as a learning opportunity and have the class discover which sound that example word begins with. For example: oops, caterpillar does not begin with Dd, class can anyone fond which letter it does begin with?
This lesson utilizes individual student iPads to give every student a chance to contribute to the project. Seesaw is used as an organizational tool to make it easy for kindergarten students to access the Jam board through an app they’re already familiar with. Jamboard makes phonologic awareness fun and exciting for students, giving them a chance to draw, write, and find pictures.