Anchor word for the short a sound: apple
We emphasize the short a sound at the end of September. We talk about "apples" and ask the parents to send in any label that has the word "apple" on it. By the end of the week we can see all the different ways to fix apples: sauce, pie, juice, fresh in a bag, breakfast bar, in a cereal, in oatmeal, etc.
Demonstrate the strategy: Look for little words in big words
We emphasize the short i sound in November and "it" is one of our "Words of the Week." One day we looked for the word "it" in our easy readers then the next day I hung the labels for Ritz crackers, Skittles and a Kit Kat bar on the board. We played "The Detective Game" where the children have to be very observant, just like a detective, to notice things that are alike about words. I get the usual answers of the letter "i" and the letter "t" and hope someone notices we are studying "it" and "i" and "t" put together make the word "it."
Using a Digital Camera in the Classroom
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