Y as a Vowel

Lesson #9976

Create a paper plate project to showcase Y vowel sounds.

Design fun phonics displays to identify letters of the alphabet and the sounds they represent. Create multiple images for the same letter and change out to demonstrate different vowel or consonant sounds.

Use paper plates and die-cuts to create a visual aid for the short and long Y vowel sounds.

A10225-Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 26 Dies - AllStar 3 1/2" Capital Letters A10788-Ellison AllStar Die - Baby A10790-Sizzix Bigz Die - Bicycle A10799-Ellison AllStar Die - Fly A10825-Ellison AllStar Die - Tray

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Black Marking Pen, Brads, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue, Paper Plates, Punches, Scissors, Yarn

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Baby, Bicycle, Fly, Tray and AllStar Uppercase Letter Y from multiple colors of construction paper.
  2. Keep one color of each die-cut whole and cut away parts of other colors. Layer and adhere to embellish. Add highlights with colored pencils or crayons.
  3. Adhere the embellished artwork to paper plates and write the name of each image. Underline the letter Y for each image to highlight the vowel sound.
  4. Punch holes in either side of each plate. Attach the four plates to one another using brads. Attach a 23" piece of thick cardstock, chipboard or two 12" rulers across the back of the plates to secure them in place.
  5. Adhere the letter Y to a fifth paper plate. If desired, color the center of the paper plate before adhering the letter.
  6. Attach a second plate behind the letter Y plate, facing in the opposite direction.
  7. Cut a piece of white yarn, approximately 40" long. Tie one end through the first hole of the first plate and the second end through the last hole of the last plate. Trim away excess (see Main Photo).
  8. Find the center of the yarn and hang from the Y plate. Attach the yarn to the plate.
  9. Hold the display for students to touch and learn or hang it from a wall as a visual aid (see Main Photo).

English Language Arts: Evaluation Strategies

K-12: Standard 3

  • Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

English Language Arts: Applying Language Skills

K-12: Standard 12

  • Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion and the exchange of information).

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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