Jolly Grammar – Introducing the Alternative Sounds

Jolly Grammar – Introducing the Alternative Sounds.

Jolly Grammar – Introducing the Alternative SoundsMany parents, teachers and schools are familiar with Jolly Phonics and the introduction of the 42 letter sounds that are covered in the first year of the programme. Doubts still remain on how to introduce the “alternative” sounds (the complex alphabetic code).

In Jolly Grammar 1, many of the initial digraphs are revised at the beginning of the year such as /sh/, /ch/, /th/, /ng/ and /ar/. One of the first alternative sounds that is introduced is the ending <-y> which is pronounced in the same way as /ee/.

Both the spelling and grammar lesson plans in Jolly Grammar are clear and structured but they can also be adapted as and when necessary. Here is a possible substitute:

The Wonky Donkey – Words ending in <-y>.

(20-40 minutes)

Revision: Revise some of the basic sounds covered in Jolly Phonics. Revise the tricky words “you”, “the”, “I”, “no” and “go”.

Main Point: Remind the children that the main way of writing the /ee/ sound is with the double <ee>, but that there are also other words that also have the /ee/ sound and are written in a different way.

Read the story The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and ask the children to listen out for words that have the /ee/ sound.

Make a list of words together on the blackboard, taken from the story that end in <-y> such as “wonky”, “lanky”, “stinky”, “cranky” and “winky”. Discuss the meaning of these words. For example, “lanky” is another word for “tall” and “cranky” is another word for “grumpy”. Brainstorm together other words that also end in <-y> such as “happy”, “angry” and “silly”.

Writing practice: Prepare donkey templates for the children and ask the students to copy or write as many words as possible that end in <-y>. Writing the words also helps to reinforce and embed the new spelling. Make a class display, which serves as a word bank for the rest of the week.

Extension activities: play pin the tail on the donkey, make donkey ears using card crowns, talk about different types of animals (Science), make up a silly poem about a donkey or other animals, invent an acrostic poem together and make class poetry books, watch The Wonky Donkey animation and learn the song, etc.

By Beki Wilson.