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Introduce onset-rime segmenting (Mico version)

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Activity Type: Introduce
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: K
Group Size: Small Group, Whole Class
Length: 5 minutes
Materials: A hand puppet--ours is called Mico.
Goal: Given a spoken word, the student can segment it into onset and rime ( "mat" -> /m/ + "at" ).
Items: 12 picture cards of single-syllable words (make sure only the picture is visible on each card, not the word)

What to do

  1. Select 12 picture cards for this activity. Any pictures of single-syllable words will do, but note that (i) students may find words beginning with continuous sounds easier than stop sounds at first; (ii) students find words with initial blends—such as frog and star—harder than words without; (ii) some teachers like to begin with sounds for which students have already learned the letter-sound correspondence (so that students are comfortable physically producing the sound); and (iv) it may help not to use too many different sounds at first.
  2. First make sure students know the names of the pictures by going through the deck, asking students to name the pictures. If they come up with a name other than the one you are looking for, correct them and put the card in a separate pile. Then go through this pile and repeat until students can name all the pictures correctly.
  3. Now bring out the puppet. Here’s Mico. He is speaking funny today: instead of saying a word like fish, it comes out like this: fff-ish. Hold the onset for about a second and don't pause between the onset and rime.
  4. We’re going to see if you can speak the same way Mico does. My turn first. What would Mico call this? Show a picture card such as leg. Lll-eg. Is that right Mico? Lll-eg. Right!
  5. Now it’s your turn. What would Mico call this? Show a picture card such as fox. Students: fff-ox. Is that right Mico? Fff-ox. Right!
  6. Let’s try another. Repeat with other picture cards. Watch for students who are not responding and give them an individual turn.
  7. Make a note in an Activity Log for students who continue to have difficulties.

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