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Learning Objectives

Students will learn how to break apart new words into syllables using dog breed names and will write sentences about the dog breeds.

 

Grade Levels

K-2

 

English Language Arts Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.D

Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.E

Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.

 

Materials Needed

Dog Breed Name Strips (15 pre-cut strips per student): HERE

Dog Breed Pictures (15 pre-cut pictures per student): HERE

Scissors (One pair per student)

Syllable Mat (One per student): HERE

Lined Writing Paper for Sentences

Pencils

 

Lesson

Introduction and Teacher Modeling

  • Begin the lesson by clapping out syllables in various words together as a class, for instance: baby (2 syllables), popcorn (2 syllables), doctor (2 syllables), circle (2 syllables), and so forth.
  • Show students on the board how to divide the above words into their syllables and explain that every syllable must have a vowel sound in it. Examples:

ba | by

pop | corn

doc | tor

cir | cle

Guided Practice

  • Hand out syllable mats, scissors, and dog breed name strips to each student.
  • Practice clapping out syllables of seven of the dog breeds below together, and have students cut the strips into their syllables and place them on their mats. Example:

BAR | BET

BEA | GLE

BOX | ER

BULL | DOG

CHOW | CHOW

COL | LIE

GREAT | DANE

Independent Work

  • Have students complete the remaining dog breeds independently by clapping out the syllables, cutting the strips into their syllables, and placing them on the mat. Teachers can circulate to ensure student understanding and assist when necessary.
  • Pass out the pictures of the dog breeds. Have students write one sentence about each dog breed (describe color, size, name, what they can do, etc.).

Review and Closing

  • Review the remaining dog breeds as a class and practice clapping out the syllables together. Have students give examples of different words to practice breaking into syllables.
  • Have students share their sentences with the class.

Lesson Extension

  • Students can play a memory match game with the names of the dog breeds and pictures of them.

 

References

Dog Breeds. (n.d.). Retrieved from www.akc.org/dog-breeds.

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