Sound of the Week Lesson for /ow/
written and compiled by
Katrina Lybbert

Language Arts

The sound this week is the letter team /ow/ as found at the end of cow.
Emphasize the /ow/ sound often throughout the day.  Have your child repeat the sound with you.

Note: The /ow/ sound can also take on the long vowel sound of /o/ as in snow.  At the end of the week you may wish to discuss this concept with your child.  Let him know that there is not an easy way to tell which sound for /ow/ you should use in a word.  Just try both sounds when sounding out words to see which one makes sense.

Put up your sound wall poster.

The main theme for the week is:  Flowers

Books to read aloud that support the theme:

Princess Buttercup: A Flower Princess Story by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
This is the Sunflower by Lola M. Shaefer
Sunflower Sal by Janet S. Anderson
Any Field Guide for Wild Flowers or Garden Flowers

Poems that support the theme:

"Wild Flowers" by Maud Keary from (Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children)
Poems from the book: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
Visit the Flower Fairies website!

Songs that support the theme:

All In The Golden Afternoon
My Grandmother's Old Fashioned Garden
The Violet

Handwriting Assignments:

Day 1:  Practice writing the letter "o" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 2:  Practice writing the letter "w" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 3:  Practice writing the letter team "ow" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 4:  Practice writing the word "flower" one or two times.

Day 5:  Practice writing any of the other theme words one or two times.

Activities and/or Art Projects

Flower Collage - Find many different seed catalogs or gardening magazines.  Cut out pictures of flowers and glue onto a fairly large piece of cardstock to create a collage.

Tissue Paper Flower Art - (This was one of my favourite memories from my Kindergarten experience)... Start by drawing large flowers on a sheet of construction paper or find some print outs.  Then cut up different colored squares of tissue paper about 1 inch square.  Using the back of a pencil, fold the tissue paper around the pencil, dip it glue, and then paste the folded tissue paper square onto a part of your flower drawing.  Continue adding these tissue paper squares till your flowers are covered.

There are lots of ideas for making paper flowers in The Usborne Book of Paper Flowers.  Also find lots of flower craft ideas at Enchanted Learning.

If you have flowers growing in your garden, bring some into the house and put in a vase.

You may like to get and color in the Flower Fairies Alphabet Coloring Book by Cicely Mary Barker.

Other Theme Words and Ideas

Other theme words - shower, cow, plow, owl, down, brown, town, bow, towel, gown, chowder, vowel

Books to read aloud that support the other theme words or the letter team /ow/:

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Around Town by Chris K. Soentpiet
Lottie's New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers

Poems that support the other theme words or the letter team /ow/:

"The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" by Edward Lear
"Daffodils" - Rebus Rhymes

Songs that support the other theme words or the letter team /ow/:

"The Vowel Song"
"Little April Showers"
"Whistle Down the Wind"

More Related Sounds to Explore (Optional)

The following sound also makes the same sound as the letter team /ow/ as in cow.  You can spend time now exploring this sound if you wish.  Follow the outline above to create a lesson plan of your own for one of the following words.

/ou/ as in house, mouse, cloud, south, count


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