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Letter A phonics
A1 - grade 2 level


Introduce the short "a" sound to the students


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Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice for the "a" sound in the context of the story Frank the rat

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of various objects and animals in the context of the story Frank the rat


Warmer/Lead-in (5-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Introduce slides with various new vocabulary all beginning with the short "a" sound E.g alligator, astronaut, avocado. This is to establish the level of knowledge already attained by the student to allow the teacher to understand how much is new vocabulary. Once the students have guessed (correctly or incorrectly) the teacher will then write the new vocabulary on the blackboard.

Story of Frank the rat (9-12 minutes) • provide context for vocabulary containing the short "a" sound

The teacher will move through the powerpoint and go through the story of frank the rat. The story is very simple and only introduces a new word each sentence (the word will always have the short "a" sound in). The teacher will drill the new vocabulary to the class focusing on the accuracy of the repetition of the short "a" sound in the word.

Controlled practice (8-12 minutes) • Make sure the students can say the word without having had it said to them

Teacher will point to a word in the story, the student reads the word aloud. If the student is correct they will throw the ball at a target. If the ball hits the target they get one point for their team.

Semi-controlled practice (5-6 minutes) • practice writing the letter a, and recognise the whether the a sound would come in a word

Students are given a worksheet with 6 words, 3 of which start with the a sound. The students task is to write the "a"s where they are appropriate.

Cooler (5-5 minutes) • Watch the video to hear and recognise words with the a sound

watch the sesame street video about the letter a

Extra activity (3-5 minutes) • Introduce the long A

Introduction of the longer A sound

Repeat the initial vocabulary (5-6 minutes) • Confirm the initially introduced vocabulary

Go back over the first few slides in the lesson

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