Jolly Grammar – Introducing the Alternative Sounds Through Poems.
Split Digraphs or Magic “e”.
A Kite: <i_e> spelling of the /ie/ sound.
Revision: Revise some of the spelling patterns and letter sound sounds covered so far. Revise the tricky words: one, by only, old, like, have, live, give, little, down, what and when.
Main Point: Remind the children that the main way of writing the /ie/ sound is with the letters <ie>, but that there are also other words that also have the /ie/ sound and are written in a different way such as Magic “e” <i_e>. Read the following poem and ask the children to listen out for words that have the <i_e> sound.
A Kite – Anonymous.
I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.
Make a list of words together on the blackboard, taken from the poem that have the <i_e> spelling pattern such as “kite” and “ride”. Discuss the meaning of these words and any other words that the children may not be familiar with. Brainstorm together other words that also have in <i_e> spelling pattern such as: bike, mine, time, spine, pine, bite, slide, smile, line and like.
Writing practice: Prepare kite templates for the children and ask the students to copy or write as many words as possible that have <i_e>. Writing the words will also help to reinforce and embed the new spelling pattern. Make a class display, which serves as a word bank for the rest of the week.
Extension activities that can be completed during the week: play “What´s the Time Mr Wolf” in the playground, read the story Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner, discuss things we like and dislike (food, colours, subjects, animals, etc), make an acrostic poem using the word “kite”, sing 5 Little Ducks or 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed.