ELA

Alpha-Doodles

Time Required: Two or three 30-minute sessions
Skill Level: Beginner
Recommended Grades: K to 2nd

In this phonics activity, students will work in pairs to practice arranging letters to form words in the -at word family and sound them out. Students will first doodle alphabet letters to look like an object or animal that begins with that letter. Using this association to recall letter sounds, students will read each word they make. *This activity can be repeated with any word family, e.g., -ig, -it, op, etc. *For older students add initial consonant blends, e.g., brat, flat, gnat, etc.

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Knowledge

Students have
  • practiced single letter sounds of alphabet letters.

  • practiced the short “a” sound.

  • practiced sounding out short words.

  • practiced using a 3Doodler to outline and fill in shapes.

Objectives

Students will
  • use tools, i.e., 3Doodler to fill in 3Doodler alphabet stencils.

  • arrange letters to create -at family words.

  • recognize each letter-sound.

  • blend each letter-sound to read a word.

Materials

Students will need

Lesson Plan

Instructions

Step 1 - PREPARATION

● Review words in the Alpha Doodles Worksheet with students: at, bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat and sat.
● Give students sufficient time to practice using the 3Doodler, e.g., outlining, filling in an area.
● Doodle the letters on the Alpha Doodles Worksheet worksheet as an example. Leave the letter “a” to complete with students during the lesson.

Step 2

Whole group: Project your tablet or computer screen on the board. Review the sounds of each of the following letters with your students: a, b, c, f, h, m, p, r, s, t.

Step 3

Ask students to think of an object or animal that begins with each letter. Chart their responses for students to view. Examples: a-alligator, b-banana, c-cracker...

Step 4

Think out loud: Note that the word “apple” begins with the letter “a” and how it is similarly round like an apple. On a whiteboard, write the letter “a” and add a stem and a leaf, so it looks similar to the doodled alphabet “a” in the Alpha Doodles Worksheet. Do the same for each letter on the worksheet, sharing the animal/object and initial letter-sound.

Step 5

Share the goal: Today, students will doodle letters to create words in the -at family. Note that all “at” words have the short “a” sound in them. Exaggerate this sound as you say it.

Step 6

Using the Alpha Doodles Worksheet, demonstrate how to use the 3Doodler to trace each Alpha-Doodle. Note that the doodles will help us remember the sound each letter makes. Example: The letter “b” makes the “buh, buh sounds as in bumblebee.” Chant this together.

Step 7

Peel off your doodled “a” and pass it around, so students can feel its curved shape. Note how it is round like an apple. Have students chant, “Ah ah- apple” as they touch the doodled “a.” Repeat with each letter on the Alpha-Doodle worksheet.

Step 8

Divide students into pairs. *Doodling the letters will probably take more than one session.

Step 9

Hand out 3Doodlers and Alpha Doodles Worksheet.

Step 10

Circle to assist and assess. *It is good to have someone assist you, like a parent or aid.

Wrap Up

Students will share their Doodled letters with the group, write each word, and sound it out.

Assessment

The teacher will assess students’ work based on their ability to arrange and sound out -at family words. Students should create the following words: at, bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat.

Possible Extensions

  • Students create letters for the -it word family. Instruct students to write words in the -it family in pencil. Then have students think of an object or word for each letter and doodle it. End with students using 3Doodled letters to create and sound out -it family words.

Resources

Vocabulary

  • alphabet - set of letters or other characters with which one or more languages are written especially if arranged in a customary order.

  • drawing - the art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan, or sketch by means of lines.

  • language arts - the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language.

  • literacy - the quality or state of being literate.

  • phonics - a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables.

  • reading - the form or version of a given passage in a particular text.

  • sight words - commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

  • word family - commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

Educational Standards

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.B

Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

In This Lesson

Students will sound out each letter in the -at family.

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D

Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

In This Lesson

Students will recognize the initial, short -a and final sound in each word from the -at family.

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

In This Lesson

Students will apply grade-level phonics to sound out each word in the -at family.

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

In This Lesson

Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant in the -at family.

CS Teachers
1A-A-3-5

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of sounding out words in the -at family, doodling them, touching them, practicing their sounds, arranging them as words, and sounding them out.

ISTE
1C

Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use the 3Doodler to create doodled alphabet letters.

ISTE
6B

Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will use a 3Doodler to doodle alphabet letters and design their own in the extension activity.

ISTE
7A

Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will seek feedback from a partner during all stages of the process for this activity and the extension activity.

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