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Introduce double-letter words

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Activity Type: Introduce
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: 1
Group Size: Small Group, Whole Class
Length: 8 minutes
Materials: Double-letter word index cards (print them here)
Goal: Given a written word with a double letter, the student can say the word ( fill -> "fill" ).
Items: fill, miss, egg, fizz, pull

What to do

  1. Write the word fill on the board or use an index card (here). Here's a weird word. It's weird because it has the same letter twice, but you only make that letter's sound once. Sound it out with me: fffiiilll-lll. Exaggerate the double-letter. That's a lot of /lll/ because this word has a double l--there are two letter l's.
  2. Now we say the word fast, but only say the /l/ once. My turn first: fill.
  3. Now your turn. Show students the word miss. Sound out this word. Ready? Mmmiiisss-sss. Now say it fast, but remember: only say the double letter once. Students: miss. Good!
  4. Repeat with egg, fizz, pull.
  5. Watch for students who are not joining in and give them an individual turn. If they continue to struggle, make a note in an Activity Log.

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