Grade Levels: K-3
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 1-3, students use an online interactive game to practice sorting words according to hard g and soft g sounds.
- Identify the hard g and soft g sounds in words.
- Sort words according to their hard and soft consonant sounds.
- Generate their own list of words with hard and soft consonant sounds.
- Signs with 'soft g' and 'hard g' written on them
- Computers with internet access
- Index cards or scrap paper for students to create their own sorting game
- Plastic baggies or envelopes to store students' games
Preparation:This lesson plan uses a PBS Kids game called Sort It Out. Hosted by the infamous prankster Francine Caruthers, this game tasks players to sort out words based a specific phonics goal. For example, in the ‘hard and soft g’ version of the game, ‘huge' would be sorted into the ‘hard g’ column and ‘dig’ would go to ‘soft g’. There is also a hard and soft c and sound version of the game. To play, you simply click on a word in the word pool and drag it to the column in which it belongs.
- Write 'soft g' and 'hard g' on opposite ends of your board, or hang signs with those terms on opposite ends of your classroom. Pair students up and pass out a word card to each set of partners.
- Talk about the difference between hard and soft consonant sounds, and have students practice making the sounds themselves.
- Invite students to read the word on their card with their partner, and then stand together underneath the soft g or hard g sign. Depending on the size of your class, you may want to have only a few sets of a partners do this at a time.
- As a class, read the word cards of the students standing under the soft g sign. Is the soft g sound present in all of them? Are there any words that don't belong? Repeat this process with the students standing under the hard g sign.
- Allow students to play the Sort It Out game with their partners.
- Afterward, invite students to create their own paper-based version of the Sort It Out Game. Students should continue to work in pairs to brainstorm soft g and hard g words, writing them on index cards or small pieces of paper. They will also need to make a card that reads 'soft g' and a card that reads 'hard g'.
- Check students' work, then distribute plastic baggies or envelopes for students to put their games in.
- Have students trade games with another set of partners and complete the sort.