The Wocket Models More than /w/

There is only one mention of the Wocket in There’s a Wocket in My Pocket written by Dr. Suess. However, that’s enough to connect to the /w/ sound for me. This has become more of an excuse for me to read aloud silly rhymes of made-up household creatures to my students. That’s not to sayContinue reading “The Wocket Models More than /w/”

There, This, That – Voiced /th/

I was originally in the public library looking for another book to connect to the voiced /th/ concept when I came across, There Is a Bird on Your Head written and illustrated by Mo Willems. The story’s simple dialogue offers ample opportunity to add prosody to deepen the characters during a read aloud. This couldContinue reading “There, This, That – Voiced /th/”

Sheep Surely Show /sh/

The second digraph introduced as a new concept is /sh/. My favorite literature connection to /sh/ is Sheep in a Jeep written by Nancy E. Shaw and illustrated by Margo Apple. In this story, a group of white, fluffy livestock are riding in a Jeep with one of their own behind wheel. The popular off-roadContinue reading “Sheep Surely Show /sh/”

A Squirrelly Way to Show /s/

My sister, who is also a special education teacher, introduced me to the character Scaredy Squirrel several years ago. Scaredy Squirrel was written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt. This worrisome, high-anxiety squirrel provides an awesome literature connection to /s/. He’s unwilling to step outside the tree he where he resides. Scaredy squirrel surrounds himself withContinue reading “A Squirrelly Way to Show /s/”

Ridding Enemies with short /e/

Mix a literature connection to short /e/ and a social skills lesson by reading Enemy Pie. This children’s picture book was written by Derek Munson and illustrated by Tara Calahan King. The boy in this book has only one sworn enemy who he needs to get rid of. His father tells him he’s had experienceContinue reading “Ridding Enemies with short /e/”

Cheerful Children’s Book connects /ch/ sound

/Ch/ is a digraph – two letters that make one sound. “Chester’s Way” by Kevin Henkes is an entertaining connection to /ch/. Chester and Wilson enjoy the same interests – an obvious indicator that they are best friends. A girl in their neighborhood named Lily enters the story as a cheery outsider who does thingsContinue reading “Cheerful Children’s Book connects /ch/ sound”

Itsy Bitsy Short /i/

A common visual cue used with short /i/ is to act out itching. I discovered “Itsy Bitsy” Spider by Keith Chapman at the public library this summer. Not only does it include many opportunities to hear short /i/, there are many animal sounds. This would be a great book to read for examples of onomatopoeia.Continue reading “Itsy Bitsy Short /i/”

House Hunting with /h/

One of my favorite authors is Eric Carle. Students can be swept up by all of the colors and whimsical mixed media in his stories. Carle’s “A House for Hermit Crab” is a great literature connection to /h/. When I read it, I remember a class pet hermit crab my teacher allowed us to takeContinue reading “House Hunting with /h/”

D is for David

The consonant /d/ is a tricky one for some students. They reverse it in their writing with /b/. They may even produce the /b/ sound instead of saying /d/. The key is, again, multiple experiences including a connection to literature. “No, David!” By David Shannon is a quick read but a solid example of /d/.Continue reading “D is for David”

A Cap Salesman Connects Short /a/

Short /a/ is fun to teach students because it also has a visual cue – we put our hand under our jaw when we say /a/. Visuals like apples are great objects. My favorite /a/ connection to literature is “More Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina with Anne Marie Mulhearn Sayer. This is a childhoodContinue reading “A Cap Salesman Connects Short /a/”

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