Scripture: Genesis 5-9
- Students will review the story of Noah
- Students will learn how to identify initial sounds in words and find the corresponding letter
- Students will participate in an activity to practice identifying initial sounds in words and the corresponding letters
Guiding Question: How do we identify the initial sound in words so we know with what letter to begin spelling that word?
Materials: variety of toy animals (or photos), scrabble tiles (or index cards with letters of the alphabet on them)
Procedure: Review the story of Noah. Ask students to name some of the animals Noah may have taken on the Ark. Teach (or review with) students how to find the initial sound in a word and the letter of the alphabet which corresponds to that sound. Divide students into teams. For each team there should be a pile of toy animals (or photos) and a pile of scrabble tiles (or index cards with letters). The piles of animals do not have to be identical. At the signal, the first member of each team picks up an animal or turns over the photo card on top. He/she should then sound out the word and grab the appropriate letter tile (or card) from the pile. The student should then race farther to the teacher. Once the student reaches the teacher, he/she hands her the animal while naming it, makes the initial sound of the animal name and hands the teacher the letter tile. If the student is correct, he/she runs back to the team and tags the next person. If the answer is incorrect, the student must return to the letter pile,locate the correct letter and give it to the teacher before running back and tagging the next person on the team.
Additional Question: Can you identify enough sounds in a word so that you can spell it correctly?
Supplemental Activity: Repeat the activity, but this time the student must spell the entire word correctly. You may want to consider having students do this task in pairs or as a team if they are just learning to spell.