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A, E, O, U: I Hear You! Reinforce Vowels and Sounds in Class

written by: Kathy Foust • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 1/20/2012

Vowel sounds lesson plans are the foundation for good writing skills. Students are taught their vowels and consonants rather quickly after having learned their alphabet. This lesson plan offers a fun way to help them remember which ones are the vowels!

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    Why Oh Y?

    Since the letter "Y" is sometimes a vowel, the lesson plan also offers the option of discussing the letter "Y" as a vowel during the current lesson plan or adding it on later on down the line.

    Go through the alphabet with your students. Write the alphabet on the board or use a pre-written alphabet to highlight the vowels. Have students write the alphabet on a book mark size piece of paper. After they write the alphabet, have them highlight the vowels in the alphabet as you go through them. allow students to decorate this piece of paper as they wish, as long as they can read the letters and the decoration does not interfere with the highlighting of the vowels.

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    Remember Through Storytelling

    Now tell the students the following story. This is actually a great memory technique for many important things to remember, but this one is particularly easy for younger learners to remember.

    There once was a boy named Ezeriefikerstein. Children called him "E" for short because they could not decide on a short name that was part of his long one. "E" was a very generous boy who always helped his friends out. In fact, he was so generous that he often lent them money without ever remembering it. As a result, this statement was often heard around the neighborhood; "Hey..E..I owe you!", To which E would often reply "Why?" One day a teacher heard this and decided that she wanted to reward E's generosity by using his name in her class every year. As a result, to remember their vowels, the teacher speaks of E and tells the students to think of E when they are trying to remember their vowels by remembering the statement "A..E...I...O..U!" and E's reply of "Y?"

    Remember to use your imagination and enjoy teaching your students. You are not only their teacher, but their creator of memories!