Explore the presence of silent letter sounds in the English language with our Silent Letters Lesson Plan, which perfectly augments other reading or spelling lessons to improve both skills. Stimulate phonemic awareness and strengthen spelling skills as students recognize and identify silent letter sounds – vowels and consonants – included in both familiar and unfamiliar words. Strong decoding skills are critical to reading fluency development and can positively impact reading comprehension.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
Display the following list of words: comb, time, sign, ghost, knee, island, rain. Ask students: What do the words have
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Students initially may try to connect the meanings of the words, but guide students to review the spellings, which may lead them to the silent letters.
3. Ask students if they can think of other words containing a silent letter.
4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Silent Letters.
5. Distribute Silent Letters content pages. Read and review the information with the students. The teacher should read
the page aloud with the students. Some words students will need to be told the definitions. Save the final question for
the lesson closing. It is highly recommended the additional resources are used for extra practice.
6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Group students in threes. Distribute the letters for students to create as many words as possible. The students will combine the letters. Circulate through the room to help students where needed and to ensure they stay on task.
7. Once lists are completed, groups of students share the words. Ask students to identify the silent letters in each word as they share the silent word list.
8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. You may choose to do the practice page aloud
with the class.
9. Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share their list of words.
10. In closing, ask: What are your five favorite letters of the alphabet and why? Use one or two of the letters silently in a
new, made up name.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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