Un-Forgettable Friday: The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters (Written by Sally M. Walker; Illustrated by Kevin Luthardt)
September 12, 2009 in ABC books, Creative Writing activities, Elementary Educators, Luthardt, Kevin, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Reading Skills, Shared Writing, Un-Forgettable Friday, Walker, Sally M. Tags: Creative Writing, Kevin Luthardt, language arts games, learning vowels, Sally Walker, Shared Writing, The Vowel Family, word building
*Picture book for preschoolers through 2nd graders
*The Vowel Family (mom, dad, and kids) as main characters
*Rating: Children will get caught up in the Vowel Family’s problems and wonder how to fix them right along with Pm Smth and Sm Vwl!
Short, short summary: Pam Smith (Pm Smth) and Sam Vowel (Sm Vwl) get married, but obviously there’s a problem–just look at how their names are spelled. Pm and Sm have trouble communicating and understanding each other with no vowels, but luckily they have some children. First comes A and E–Allen and Ellen, and life gets a little easier, but there’s still a lot of words that have vowels other than A and E. So, they have some more children: Iris, Otto, and Ursula. Now their family is almost complete! But what about that tricky Y–sometimes Y is a vowel. Thankfully, Aunt Cyndy enters the picture, and now the vowel family can understand everything they say to each other!
So, what do I do with this book?
1. One of the easiest and most fun activities is for children to insert the vowels into the words without vowels throughout the book. Can they decipher what the Vowel Family is saying to each other in Sally Walker’s book? You can do this as a shared writing activity for younger students. For older students, you can challenge them to decipher words individually or in pairs.
2. Make vowel word lists to hang around your room. At the top of each list, put the Vowel family child who represents that letter. Then with your class, make a list of words that start with that letter. To make more of a challenge, you can think of words in certain subjects that you are currently studying. For example if you are studying plants in science, then students should think of words that start with vowels and are plants (fruits and vegetables can be included). Hang these lists in your room, near your word wall.
3. You can play a challenging word game with your students to familarize with them vowels. Ask students to think of as many words as they can that use only one vowel. For example, the students think of words that only use “a” and no other vowel. (and, hat, mat, had, as,) Depending on the age of your students, they can work in pairs or independently.
Students will learn the vowels better with fun activities than with just rote memorization.
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