Consonants, Beginning/Ending

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The lesson introduces students to beginning and ending consonants and sounds.  The lesson does not include blended sounds but may be used in conjunction with other reading lessons.  It is suggested that teachers use the additional activities, worksheets, and other resources to give students as much reading practice as necessary.

Consonants, Beginning/Ending Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Consonants, Beginning/Ending
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Consonants, Beginning/Ending
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to beginning and ending consonants and sounds. It notes the differences between consonants and vowels, and lists the consonants so students have an easy reference. Several examples are provided so students may practice sounding out words with accompanying pictures. The lesson does not include blended sounds but may be used in conjunction with other reading lessons. It is suggested that teachers use the additional activities, worksheets, and other resources to give students as much reading practice as necessary.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:

  1. Display two lists of words. List one should have all words beginning with the same consonant sound.  List two will have the same ending consonant sounds.  Ask students what the first list of words have in common, and then what the second list of words have in common.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if there are other words they can name with same beginning or ending consonant sounds.
  3. Allow for responses and sharing. Ask students to name the sounds used for each letter of the alphabet.
  4. Allow for responses. Introduce Consonants, Beginning-Ending to the class.
  5. Distribute Consonants, Beginning/Ending content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  The students’ lists of words will vary.  Allow sufficient time as students create as many words as possible.  Circulate through the room to assist where needed.  Students may reuse the letters once the word is written on their list.  Remind students to read the words aloud to each other.
  7. Once completed, each pair of students read several of their words to the class.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Students should read the words aloud.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: What is your favorite beginning consonant sound and why?  What is your favorite ending consonant sound and why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.C

None for Grade 2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Subject

Language Arts