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METHODS OF REVIEWING THE LETTERS OR LETTER COMBINATIONS IN YOUR LESSON PLANS



METHODS OF REVIEW

When you review, you want to keep in mind what it is you are reviewing. Review means that the subject has been presented, taught, understood, and now you need to go over it again and again until it has been mastered.

Review by games. There are extra games to play. They are listed in the table Fun Activities under "More Games". Be sure to select the games you feel comfortable in adapting to your review.

Review by drill. Drill is the constant repetition of what has been taught. It may be done in a variety of ways through dramatics or it may be done as presenting the material over and over until your student grows tired of the sameness. Nevertheless, the material presented in this fashion needs to be continously presented over and over.

Review by song. Practice singing the songs that apply to your review. Sing them over and over. The more a song is sung, the easier it is to be sung again and again.

Make up stories. Let your students make up stories. For instance, if you are teaching Digraphs, let your students make up a story about Mr. and Mrs. SH and their children CH and PH. Perhaps the teacher at school is Mr. PH and a classmate is KN. Get the idea? Be sure that your students pronounce each sound or names each letter combination every time reference is made to the personality of the Digraph so that they don't forget what is being reviewed.

Look for newspaper ads, magazines or billboards that reflect Digraphs, Blends, Vowel Combinations, etc. Have your student find the selected groups of letters and color them yellow or cut them out. You may want to paste them in a homemade book.

Ask your students to look for the letters on t-shirts while shopping with their parents or find them on license plates, in restaurant menus, TV guides and anything else you can think of to help your students easily review. Then have them give you a report on what they observed. You might want to have the parent sign the report because then the parent is taking the responsibility of testifying to the completion of the task. It involves the parents which is helpful and it makes the older students more responsible.


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