We will spend the first week just familarizing ourselves with listening for long vowels. I plan to build their phonemic awareness prior to even thinking about reading or writing long vowels. I will be using some of the products by Nancy Fetzer, a nationally recognized literacy curriculum expert and staff development trainer, who is also a California local. I like the Spelling and Phonics Program: Featuring the Magical Land of Words of hers the best and use it most often in my classroom.
To help get back into school mode, the first day we will review what is a vowel. We will do a simple vowel and consonant sort. I want to make sure everyone knows this before moving on.
Students will make these mini answer boards. One side will have the Short Vowel picture and cue and the other will have the Long Vowel picture and cue. Then, each day as we practice, they will show me their answer as I check for understanding. I plan to use them also as their exit slip individually throughout the week.
Later in the week, the students will use pictures and do a picture sort. The standard in California is to be able to listen for long vowels in single syllable words. I will use this as an evidence of their learning.
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Happy Teaching and Learning!