Machine – Reading and Phonics

Topic: Phonics 
CLI Strategy: Machine
Subject: ELA
Grade: PK, K

Students will be able to: Recognize and blend letter sounds into real words by creating sounds and movements with their bodies to create a visual representation of these letters and sounds.  Continue reading


Machine: How-To

Basic Instructions

  • Define a playing space and inform students that you are going to create a machine. Ask class to define the characteristics of a machine. (ex. has multiple parts that work together)
  • Ask a volunteer to come up and make a simple sound and motion. Make sure that this is a sound and motion that can be repeated comfortably.
  • Ask student to pause and invite another student to join the machine by adding their own sound and motion. Remind the students that parts of a machine work together.
  • Continue to add students one at a time to build the machine. When everyone has joined in, freeze the action and ask the other students to reflect on what they see.

Possible Reflection Questions

  • Describe: What do you notice about this machine?
  • Analyze: How is this part contributing to the overall function of the machine?
  • Relate: What other parts could we add to this machine?

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