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Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime

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Getting the ig in Pig: Helping Children Discover Onset and Rime

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two to three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Michelle Rosen

Bridgewater, New Jersey


International Literacy Association



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The study of onset and rime is crucial to the development of reading and writing in K-2 students. This lesson incorporates literature, independent and cooperative learning, critical thinking, and hands-on activities to engage students in learning the ig rime. Students explore books and magazines for words that have the ig rime, in addition to brainstorming their own words. Furthermore, assessment is included as students incorporate learned words in context and isolation. This lesson can be adapted to teach various word patterns and could be used for basic ELL instruction.

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Construct-a-Word: Using this tool, students can construct their own words using consonants, consonant blends, and familiar endings.

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Morrow, L.M., & Tracey, D.H. (1997). Strategies used for phonics instruction in early childhood classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 50, 644651.

  • The current debate is no longer whether or not phonics instruction is important, but rather which approaches to teaching phonics are most effective.

  • Phonics instruction can integrate both explicit instruction and contextual experiences, whereby the teacher provides meaningful settings for learning with explicit strategies.

  • Current research indicates that a strong foundation in letter-sound relationships is important to success with reading and writing development.

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