J11: Bingo Vowel Song
1. OverviewUse a popular children’s song (“Bingo”) and a funny picture to help your child remember the short vowel sounds. This will reinforce what your child learned in the previous activity.
J11: Bingo Vowel Song
- lyrics for The Vowel Song, Part 1
- lyrics for The Vowel Song, Part 2
- vowel picture cards
- Egbert picture
- sound cards for the vowels
Video: How to play Bingo Vowel SongLay out the vowel sound cards, in order from left to right, in front of your child. Remind him that he learned a song about smart letters (vowels) and their names. Review that first part of the song with him.
Adult: You learned part of the smart letters song a while ago. Let’s sing it again, and then I’ll teach you the rest of the song!Lead your child in singing the song. Have him point to each sound card as you both say the vowel’s name.
Adult: A – E – I – O – U, A – E – I – O – U, A – E – I – O – U, Are the NAMES of five smart letters! Why, why, why, why, why? Why, why, why, why, why? Why, why, why, why, why? Why are vowels smart letters? ‘Cause vowels can say their NAME and a sound. ‘Cause vowels can say their name AND a sound. ‘Cause vowels can say their name and a SOUND. That’s why they’re smart letters!Now teach your child the next part of the song, which is about the vowel sounds.
Adult: What, what, what, what, what? What, what, what, what, what? What, what, what, what, what? Are the SOUNDS of those smart letters? Aaa, ehh, iii, ahhh, uh, Aaa, ehh, iii, ahhh, uh, Aaa, ehh, iii, ahhh, uh, Are the SOUNDS of these smart letters!Put out the vowel picture cards underneath their respective sound cards. Remind your child of the hand gestures that go with each vowel sound. Then sing the last verse again with those hand gestures. NOTE: Sing the song until your child has a firm understanding of all five vowel sounds and can match the sounds with the correct letters. The second reinforcement tool is a funny picture of an egg named Egbert.
Adult: Good work! Now I’m going to give you a present. [Bring out the Egbert picture.] This is Egbert. He is an egg in odd underpants. Don’t those underpants look odd to you? Listen to me stretch what he is: aaan eeegg iiin ooodd uuunderpants. You say it with me: who is Egbert? Child: aaan eeegg iiin ooodd uuunderpants. Adult: Again. Child: aaan eeegg iiin ooodd uuunderpants. Adult: Those words about who Egbert is will help you remember the sounds that the five smart letters say. Tell me again: who is Egbert? Child: aaan eeegg iiin ooodd uuunderpants. Adult: Good job. We’ll keep Egbert around to help remind us of the five smart letter sounds.↑ Top
4. ExtensionSing the song, but omit one of the vowel sounds. For example, “aaa – ehh – – ahhh – uh.” The child then has to name the missing vowel sound and point to the right sound card. For a greater challenge, omit two of the vowel sounds. ↑ Top
5. VariationThis is a great activity to do outside the home or classroom, such as running errands or walking to recess. ↑ Top
6. Small Groups (2-5 children)Lesson Objective: Using a picture, mnemonic, and a song as aids, children will be able to produce the short vowel sounds that correspond to the five major written vowel letters. GELDS (Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards): CLL7.4a Georgia Standards of Excellence: ELAGSEKRF3.b Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B Additional Materials:
- optional: pocket chart (for displaying vowel sound cards, picture cards and Egbert)
- Place the vowel sound cards on the pocket chart or where the children can easily see them. Have the children close their eyes, while one child “steals” a card. Close the gap between the letters and ask, “What’s missing? What sound that helps reminds us of who Egbert is has disappeared?”
- Transition Strategy: Show a vowel letter sound card. Ask the child to make the gesture and say the sound. Then the child may line up, wash hands, choose a center, etc.
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