Double Consonants Lesson Plan (ff and ss)


There are two double consonant lesson plans below, one for using with an interactive whiteboard and the other for using with individual pupils with their iPads or computers.

The lesson plan also includes a number of free printable resources to support learning and extending the lessons. More double consonant games are available at Club Roy.

Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan

Overview

The following provides a quick overview of using Wellington’s reading game with this double consonants lesson plan.

  • Read the word stems
  • Click / touch and drag ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ to make a word
  • Sound out word and check if it sounds correct
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Drag an item of rubbish into the recycling bin, or have another go
  • Repeat for all sets of words

Context of Lesson

Pupils to read word stems and sound out to find correct word ending with double consonants ‘ff’ or ‘ss’

Resources Required

This double consonants lesson plan requires the following resources. Reading game double consonants ff and ss, interactive whiteboard, small individual whiteboards with pens, or paper and pencils, small cards showing ‘ff’ and ‘ss’, list of words used in the game

Learning Objectives

The lesson plan aims to achieve the following objective.

  • To investigate, read and spell words ending with ‘ff’ or ‘ss’

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to introduce lesson by showing two cards with the double consonants ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.
  • Teacher to explain that with these two sounds you only say the first letter of each sound. Whole class to practice saying ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.
  • Teacher to load ‘Double Consonants: Words that end with ff and ss’ reading game on to the interactive whiteboard.
  • Explain to the class that Wellington the turtle can only clean up the sea if they help him get his ‘ff’ and ‘ss’ words correct.
  • Teacher to begin the game and model clicking and dragging ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ to make a word. Ask pupils to sound out each newly formed word. Does it sound correct?
  • Teacher to choose a pupil to drag an item of rubbish into the recycling bin.
  • Before starting the next group of words hand out the ‘ff’ and ‘ss’ sound cards. Explain to the class that they will now sound out the parts of the words in the box and then decide whether a ‘ff’ sound should end the word or a ‘ss’ sound. Pupils to hold up a ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ card to let the teacher know their choice.
  • Ask an individual pupil to click and drag the ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ sound up to the box. Pupil to sound out the completed word. Does it sound correct?
  • Continue playing the game in this way. Ask different pupils to drag items of rubbish into the recycling bin.
  • Teaching assistant to sit with less able pupils and encourage correct sounding out of words.

PLENARY

This lesson plan suggests a plenary session to consolidate learning of double consonants ff and ss. Pupils to use their small individual whiteboards and pens, or pencils and paper, to write a sentence using one of the ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ words from the last set of words played in the game (cliff, staff, boss, fuss). Teaching assistant to work with less able pupils to encourage independent writing. If this is too difficult TA could scribe a sentence for the pupil.

Literacy Homework

Draw the articles of rubbish that were recycled. Can you think of any more things that can be recycled? Add them to the drawing and label all the items of rubbish.


Individual Computer / Computer Suite Lesson Plan

Overview

The following overview provides an outline of using the game with this double consonants lesson plan.

  • Read the word stems
  • Click / touch and drag ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ to make a word
  • Sound out word and check if it sounds correct
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Click and drag an item of rubbish into the recycling bin, or have another go
  • Repeat for all sets of words

Context of Lesson

Pupils to read word stems and sound out to find correct word endings with double consonants ‘ff’ and ‘ss’

Resources Required

This double consonants lesson plan (ff and ss) requires the following resources. Double consonants ff and ss reading game, Interactive whiteboard, individual computers or iPads, small cards showing ‘ff’ and ‘ss’, small cards with a ‘ff’ and ‘ss’ word on, word processing programme

Learning Objectives

This lesson plan aims to achieve the following objective.

  • To investigate, read and spell words ending with ‘ff’ or ‘ss’

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to introduce the lesson by showing two cards with the double consonants ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.
  • Teacher to explain that with these two sounds you only say the first letter of each sound. Whole class to practice saying ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.
  • Teacher to load ‘Double Consonants: Words that end with ff and ss’ reading game on to the interactive whiteboard. Explain to the class that Wellington the turtle can only clean up the sea if they help him get his ‘ff’ and ‘ss’ words correct.
  • Teacher to begin the game and model clicking and dragging ‘ff’ or ‘ss’ to make a word. Ask pupils to sound out each newly formed word. Does it sound correct?
  • Explain to pupils that they are going to finish playing the ‘ff’ and ‘ss’ reading game with a partner. Pupils to take turns using the mouse. Teacher to explain that whoever is using the mouse must sound out each word to their partner.
  • Teacher to explain that when they have completed the game to come and collect a card with a ‘ff’ and a ‘ss’ word on. Pupils to use a word processor programme to write a sentence for each word on their card.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to ensure that ‘Double Consonants: Words that end with ff and ss’ game is ready to play on pupils’ computers or iPads. Teacher and teaching assistant to move around computers / iPads to ensure that the reading game is being played correctly and that the pupils are sounding out the words they make.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to ensure word processing programme is ready to use on computers / iPads.

PLENARY

This double consonants lesson plan recommends ending the lesson with a plenary session. Choose individual pupils to read out their sentences. Ask class to call out as many ‘ff’ words as they can think of. Then to call out as many ‘ss’ words as they can remember. Teacher to scribe these words on the board.

Literacy Homework

Pupils to make a list of all the ‘ff’ words or all the ‘ss’ words that they can remember from the reading game.