Phonemic Awareness

Consonant R

Awareness material or experiences:

Vocabulary review: ignition, steering wheel, rim, real/not real, tank, gas pump

A Story for R

Randy loved cars. He especially loved racing cars and wanted to be a race car driver when he grew up. He had a large box with a steering wheel and when he sat in it, he felt just like it was real. He would pretend to put a key in the ignition and he would turn it to start the engine. Sometimes, he forgot to put gas in it, then the engine would have an R-R-R sound, but would not start. Then he would remember about the gas and would push his car over to a gas pump and fill the tank up to the rim. Once he got back in to start it, he would not hear the R-R-R. He would hear a low, loud, RRROOM. Randy enjoyed racing his car on rainy days and today, it was pouring.

Instructional material:
  • Let’s make the sound of a car with not gar, R-R-R. The /r/ sound is also like a rooster crowing, er, er-er, er-er. There are lots of words that begin with /r/ like…. (Teacher names a few). Does anyone know another word that begins with /r/?

List of /r/ words:

rabbit rainbow radio ring race
rocket rooster rain rain rake
rattle raisins raccoons red rock
ribbon rectangle round rice rose
recipe room row ruler robot
  • Review vocabulary from "A Story for R" and list of /r/ words for semantic content.
Practice material:
  • Dye rice red and have the students cover an R with red rice. Dye the rice before by using a small amount of rubbing alcohol and red food coloring. Dry the rice on a paper towel. Use sturdy paper. Let the students apply glue and sprinkle red rice on the glue.

The letter R

  • Put /r/ things in a feely box. Cutting a circle through the side of a box so that the student can put their hand inside, but not be able to see can make a feely box. Put one /r/ thing in the box. The student puts their hand through the cut out hole and feels the object inside. They try to guess what it is. Objects to put inside could include ribbon, ruler, rock, raisin, ring, etc.Complete a worksheet. Make a worksheet with /r/ pictures and a few foils on it. Give the directions to draw a rectangle around all the pictures that begin with the /r/ sound.  For ready made /r/ pictures, visit the Articulation /r/ page.
  • Play "The Rabbit Game". Use clipart and make a variety of rabbits with different /r/ objects. The teacher says, "If you have a rabbit with a (radio) raise your hand". Count the students who raise their hands and make a graph/chart with the results.


Whole Language Application:

Help each student make a patterned one sheet book to take home and read to his or her family.

Title: I Can ImaginePattern:

I can imagine,a rainbow of raisins.

I can imagine a rainbow of ribbons.

I can imagine a rainbow of roses.

I can imagine a rainbow of rings.

I can imagine a rainbow of robins.