Phonological awareness lesson: level 1 alliteration

​​​This lesson assumes students have already been read the picture story book Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King (Copyright © 2014, Adelaide SA: Working Title Press) for enjoyment and understanding.

Text

 Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King
Copyright © 2014, Adelaide SA: Working Title Press

Overview

In this phonological awareness activity, the goal is for students to hear the initial sound (phoneme) in the words contained in the line of text on pages 3 and 4: "Hare with a hat, Cat with a cake and Pig with a parcel".  As the sound is identified, students will be encouraged to orally generate other words that start with the same sound.

Once the sound has been established and students can orally generate new words that start with the same sound, they will be encouraged to match the identified phoneme to a grapheme and write it.

Links to the curriculum

Victorian Curriculum (English), Speaking and Listening, Language: Phonics and word knowledge

Foundation: Identify rhyming words, alliteration patterns, syllables and some sounds (phonemes) in spoken words (Content description VCELA168)

Victorian Curriculum (English), Reading and Viewing, Language: Phonics and word knowledge

Foundation: Recognise all upper and lower-case letters and the most common sound that each letter represents (Content description VCELA146)

Victorian Curriculum (English),Writing, Literacy: Creating Texts

Understand that sounds in English are represented by upper- and lower-case letters that can be written using learned letter formation patterns for each case (Content description VCELY162)

Learning intention

  • We are learning to listen for initial sounds in words and say other words that start with the same sound.
  • We are learning to match a sound to a letter.

Success criteria

  • I can listen for the sound at the start of a word and identify it.
  • I can say another word that starts with the same sound.
  • I can write the letter that makes the sound I hear.

Lesson sequence

  1. Reorient students to the text Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King (Copyright © 2014, Adelaide SA: Working Title Press) and ask students to recall the storyline.
  2.  Ask them to close their eyes and turn their listening ears on so that they can hear the names of the animals going to the party. Read the text on page 3 and 4, "Hare with a hat, Cat with a cake and Pig with a parcel".
  3. Ask students to name the animals.  What sound does each of the animals start with? (e.g. Hare-/h/, Cat-/c/, Pig-/p/).
  4. Repeat process with the objects they take to the party (e.g. hat-/h/, cake-/c/, parcel-/p/). What do the students notice about the beginning of those words? Introduce the metalanguage 'alliteration' and explain it means the repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close to one another (see alliteration in the toolkit glossary). Identify the key phonemes /h/, /c/ and /p/.
  5. Students turn and talk to a partner. Can they say any other words that start with the same sound as hare and hat, cat and cake, pig and parcel? (Focus is on the /c/ sound. Accept responses which begin with the /c/ sound but that might be spelt with a 'k', such as kite, king.)
  6. Share with the whole group.
  7. Model an oral innovation on the text. "I am going to change the objects that the animals take to the party but they will still start with the same sound as each animal"
    (e.g. Hare with a harp, Cat with a cape and Pig with a parachute).
  8. As a whole group orally construct a new innovation on the text.
  9. Use an enlarged version of page 3 and 4 so that students can see the text (or write on whiteboard/large sheet of paper) Read the text to students and ask them to identify the letters at the beginning of the animal names and objects.
  10. Reinforce the graphemes p, h and c (upper and lowercase). Students practise writing the letters p, h and c on whiteboards. Revise correct formation and starting points for each letter.
  11. Return to the success criteria to check for learning. Rove group as students turn and talk to a different partner to say what sounds they heard at the beginning of the animal names. Ask them to say another word that starts with the same sound. Check whiteboards to see the graphemes written. Match sounds to letters. Scaffold as necessary.

Going further

  • Students write their innovations on the text independently or in small scaffolded groups. 
  • Use the same text pattern but change the initial phonemes by suggesting different animals and their alliterative objects (e.g. Duck with a drum, fox with a fabulous fan and lizard with a lovely lollipop). Write on sentence strips, illustrate and display.