Lesson Plan

Reading One Word at a Time

Students create stories and present them by reading one word at a time
Natasha P.
Classroom teacher
Springfield Academy for Excellence
Springfield, MA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science

Students will be able to...

Follow words from left to right and from top to bottom on the printed page
Recognize that written words are separated by spaces.
Recognize that sentences in print are made up of separate words.
Track words by pointing with one-to-one correspondence when reading a story by pointing under the first sound
Understand that a sound is a phoneme, one distinct sound. Understand that written and spoken words are composed of letters that represent sounds.
Identify the letter-sounds associated with each consonant and with the digraphs.
Identify initial, medial, and ending sounds in words.

Recognize and automatically read the following high-frequency sight words.  

English Language Arts
Grades K - 1
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/ Attention Getter

Go to http://www.abcya.com/oli_smartboard_storybook.htm, and display the storybook titled "Oli finds his place in the dirt."

Student Instructions

Students will sit in star and track the storybook.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other — Listening/ Watching

Some words we read are short and some words are longer (they have more than one syllable). I’m noticing that some of you are pointing to the same word twice as you read, whereas others are pointing to several words when you should only be pointing to one. Let me show you how to point to one word as you read one word. Demonstrate with a shared reading text that contains a few multi-syllabic words on the a-z book website. Display the text on the smart board/ overhead projector Did you notice how I listened for the number of beats in the words and then made sure that I kept my finger on the word for that many beats? This helped me make sure that I pointed to one word as I read one word? 

Student Instructions

Students will sit in star and track the teacher as she teaches how to point to one word  and say one word.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Reading

Give students a copy of a page from the same book that contains some words with more than one syllable. Have them practice pointing to one word as they say one word.  

Student Instructions

Students point to one word, as they say one word.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Teachers will hand out handwriting without tears with an illustration box and instruct students to create a story about their field trip to the pumpkin patch. Teachers will instruct students to independently sound out tricky words, use spacing in between words, write letters nice and neat, use the sight word wall, and draw detailed pictures that correspond with their story..

Student Instructions

Students will work independently to create stories about their pumpkin patch field trip. Students will sound out difficult words, use the sight word wall, draw detailed pictures, use appropriate spacing, and necessary punctuation, as well as write their words nice and neat on the handwriting without tears paper.

5 Wrap up

Activity: Presenting

Students are instructed to present their stories to the class by using their newly found knowledge to  point to each word as they say each word.

Student Instructions

Students will present their stories, and point to each word as they say each word