Reading Games Lesson Plan: Long Vowel Phonemes - 'ou' and 'ow'

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- Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan
- Individual Computer Lesson Plan
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Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Look at the long vowel phonemes ou and ow at the bottom of the reading game
  • Look at the incomplete words in the box
  • Drag the correct long vowel to form an ou word or an ow word
  • Continue until all words are complete - watch Mango make her way up the tree
  • Continue until reading game is finished
  • Undo an answer by clicking on the bee

Context of Lesson

To use the correct long vowel phoneme, ou or ow, to form new words

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, individual whiteboards and pens, small card (A4 pdf) with the ou sound on it, small card (A4 pdf) with the ow sound on it, picture cards (A4 pdf) of a house and a cow, prepared homework sheet (A4 pdf)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and use alternative ways of spelling the phonemes already taught, e.g. ou sound can be spelt with ow
  • Begin to understand which words contain which spelling alternatives

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain that the pupils are going to learn that some words sound the same, but look different.
  • Teacher to hold up the small card with the ow sound on it, show the picture card of the cow and ask pupils to say the word, then show the small card with the ou sound on it plus the picture card of the house, and ask pupils to say that word too.
  • Spend a few minutes generating more words for each sound.
  • Teacher to load the interactive reading game Long Vowel Phonemes: Making Words with the ou and ow Sound on to the classroom's interactive whiteboard.
  • Teacher to explain that the class are now going to help Mango the parrot get back to her nest by filling in the correct sound for each word.
  • Teacher to start the game, then model clicking and dragging the ou and ow sounds to form new words - words to be sounded out as they are completed. Encourage the whole class to participate.
  • Allow pupils to play the reading game by selecting them one-by-one to come to the interactive whiteboard to click and drag the ou or ow sounds - include as many pupils as possible, this may mean playing the game more than once.
  • At the end of the reading game, ask pupils if they can think of anymore ou or ow words - record these on the whiteboard.
  • PLENARY: Revise sounds again, then ask pupils to work in pairs sharing a small whiteboard - pupils to write a simple sentence with an ou word in it, and repeat for the ow sound. Teaching assistant could work with less able and act as a scribe for this activity. Teacher to select a few pairs of pupils to stand up and read out their sentences.

Literacy Homework

On the prepared literacy homework sheet, pupils to write ou and ow words around the pictures of the cow and house.
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Individual Computer / Computer Suite Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Look at the long vowel phonemes ou and ow at the bottom of the reading game
  • Look at the incomplete words in the box
  • Drag the correct long vowel to form an ou word or an ow word
  • Continue until all words are complete - watch Mango make her way up the tree
  • Continue until reading game is finished
  • Undo an answer by clicking on the bee

Context of Lesson

To use the correct long vowel phoneme, ou or ow, to form new words

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, PCs or laptops, drawing programme, small card (A4 pdf) with the ou sound on it, small card (A4 pdf) with the ow sound on it, picture card (A4 pdf) with Mango on, prepared homework sheet (A4 pdf)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and use alternative ways of spelling the phonemes already taught, e.g. ou sound can be spelt with ow
  • Begin to understand which words contain which spelling alternatives
  • Use keyboard to type simple texts
  • Recognize and use alternative ways of spelling graphemes already taught

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain to pupils that they are going to be learning about different letters that sound the same but look different.
  • Teacher to hold up the small cards with the ou and ow sound on and ask pupils to generate some words for each sound. Teacher could list ou and ow words generated on the whiteboard.
  • Teacher to load the interactive reading game Long Vowel Phonemes: Making Words with the ou and ow Sound on to the computer suite's interactive whiteboard. Read the on-screen instructions with the class.
  • Teacher to start the game, then model clicking and dragging ou and ow sounds to complete the words. Sound out each word as it is completed. Does it look correct? Encourage the whole class to participate. Teacher to demonstrate clicking on the undo bee.
  • Teacher to hand out the picture cards of Mango to each pair of pupils and ask them to hold up the card when they have completed the game. Pupils to share a PC or laptop, taking turns to use the mouse and sounding out the words together.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move around all pupils to ensure that the game is being played correctly and that the words are being sounded out.
  • When the reading game is completed and a Mango card is held up, teacher to assist pupils to access a drawing programme. Ask pupils to draw a picture illustrating one of the words that they can remember from the reading game, e.g. a house and a crown etc. If unfinished these could be saved for completing another day.
  • PLENARY: Ask pupils to give an ou or ow word that was NOT in the reading game. How many of these words can they put into one long sentence. Teacher to scribe on whiteboard using the ideas and words generated by pupils.

Literacy Homework

On the prepared homework sheet ask pupils to write some facts about parrots, e.g. parrots live in hot countries, parrots live in trees etc.
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Making words with the ou and ow sound

Help Mango get back to her nest by clicking and dragging the ou and ow sounds to make words.

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