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Step 2 Introduce new letters • Introduce two letters very briefly in each lesson, using the Picture Code Cards (PCC). (Please note: fuller lessons on letters a-z follow in Section 2 of this guide.) • Hold up the picture side and say, This is Annie Apple. This is how she looks in Letterland. • Turn to the plain side. But most people only see her plain letter in words. That’s because the Letterlanders like to hide behind their plain letters. They only show Picture Code Cards themselves to help children like you learn to read, write and spell. • Let’s learn some of the words Annie Apple likes to start. Display the three Vocabulary Cards and ask the children to name them: “ant, apple and acrobat.” Read out the sentence (under each picture) that links the word thematically to the Letterlander. • Continue on to Step 3 with the first letter. Then come back and repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the second letter.


Step 3 Discover the sound • On Day 1 teach children the Sound Trick (page 181). Then ask them to use it each day to discover the newly introduced letter sounds. Sound Trick Say the Letterlander’s name, then just START to say it again but STOP after the first sound: “Annie Apple, /ă/…”, “Bouncy Ben, /b/…”. • IMPORTANT Be sure to turn the PCC to the plain letter side when everyone says the letter sound. Always prompt children to give you only the letter sound (not the character name) when you show them the plain letter side. • Action Trick Teach the Action Trick for the letter sound (page 182) e.g. Pretend you have an apple in your hand and bring it toward your mouth to take a bite as you say /ă/. Ask the children to do the action and say the sound in response to the letter. Sometimes you could ask the children to repeat the action and sound three times (or more) so you can observe more children and give them additional practice. Teach them to do the action and sound each time you show them the plain letter side.

Action Trick (see p.182)

A useful resource: headbands As a part of the daily Fast Track lesson, you could give children headbands to hold the Picture Code Cards so their hands are free to receive the Vocabulary Cards and the other children can see which Letterlander they are role-playing. Headbands can be made from heavy paper. Make a small pocket (not so deep that it hides the letter, or alternatively make the pockets transparent) on the front to hold the Picture Code Card. The headbands can be fastened with paper clips to allow adjustment of the size.

Step 4 Oral live word sort • Choose some children to wear Picture Code Cards (in headbands or plastic pockets on their chests) for the two letters taught that day and two to four of the letters already taught. (See chart page 22 for suggested letters). Ask these children to stand facing the rest of the class. Each one in turn says their Letterlander name and sound, e.g. “Annie Apple, /ă/,” etc. • Hold up the picture side of a Vocabulary Card and ask the class to name the picture, e.g. “ball”. Ask everyone to say the picture word again and think about which Letterlander’s sound starts the word. Remind them not to say the answer yet but to pick out the Letterlander in their mind.* • Ask one child to deliver the card to the Letterlander whose sound begins the word. Is that the one you were thinking of? • Do the same with either 2 or 3 Vocabulary Cards for each Letterlander.


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