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 Patrick's Phonics L 07 Usotsuki Mother

SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

Example: hat, pet, pig, hot, bus   


DATE ADDED: Jul 17, 2009


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30-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This is the seventh phonics lesson in the BubbleBoy Phonics 2009 curriculum. Formally, the phonics rule being taught is called 'short vowel' but I have renamed it 'Usotsuki Mother'. Usotsuki means lie in Japanese.




  1. Let me start by explaining why I chose to name this lesson 'Usotsuki Mother'. I'm always trying to use mnemonic devices to help students remember what they learned. In the previous lesson, the students learned the Magic E rule, which has a pattern of C + V + C + V (子+母+子+母). Simply put, the kanji 子 means child, and 母 means mother. In the Magic E rule, the students learned the first vowel (母) in the pattern says its alphabet name (cUte), and this means the mother (母) is not lying because it says its real name. However, when the "E" is removed, the Mother (母) lies and says a different name, the short vowel sound.
  2. Front page of the worksheet:
    • BARA-BARA BINGO!: Bara-Bara means scattered in Japanese. This is a 4x4 bingo reviews individual sounds students learned previously: Start Sounds, Finish Sounds, No Sounds and Guru-Guru Sounds. Students choose 16 of the individual sounds they learned and write the letters in the bingo boxes. Then, have all the students stand up.  Choose and say 10 individual sounds and as the students get a bingo they can sit down.
    • "MAGIC E" POWER!: There are about 65 Magic E words in the students' English textbook. The students have 2 minutes to write as many of them as they can. This worksheet was designed for grade 3 students, so grade 1 & 2 students may need to use their textbooks.
  3. Finally, I move onto the actual lesson, Usotsuki Mother. The Usotsuki Mother focuses on 5 short vowel sounds different sounds: hat, pet, pig, hot and bus. There are three rules for this rule, which are written in Japanese on the worksheet:
    • An Usotsuki Mother word has three letters.
    • The word must have the following pattern: C + V + C.
    • The vowel in the word doesn't say its alphabet name but rather a different sound.
  4. The mnemonic devices I use to help the students remember the sound of each Usotsuki Mother vowel is in form of a picture on the worksheet:
    • A: I call this the "Afflack A". You've probably seen that health insurance commercial on TV with the duck that always says "Afflack!" The students seem to know this commercial too. The Usotsuki sound for A is the A-sound in "Afflack".
    • E: I call this the "Bikuri E". Bikuri is one of the words said in Japanese when a person becomes surprised. I usually explain this sound by asking the students what they would say if me and the JTE got married (It's even more funny when the JTE is a guy.) They always respond with, "えぇぇぇー" I tell them to shorten it down to just one え. Then, I reference the picture on the worksheet that has two guys getting married.
    • I: I call this the "Big Smile I." When the I-sound is said, have the students practice smiling really big while saying this sound.
    • O: I call this the "3-Finger O." If the O-sound is said properly (hOt), the students should be able to insert 3 of their fingers vertically into their mouths.
    • U: I call this the "Head Back U." I hold my jaw (ago) in place and tilt my head back while saying this sound (bUs).
  5. Back page of the worksheet:
    • PART 1: You say an Usotsuki Mother sound and the students circle the appropriate letter.
    • PART 2: There are 10 Usotsuki Mother words located in the word search with the clues numbered to the left of the search. For students who finish quickly, I have them work the box on the left. For the boxed area, try and think of other Usotsuki Mother words they know.



  • I prep my JTE before class as to the rules of this phonic rule. This is a very important because the JTE is the key to impacting the rule because she is the one who takes over at this point and explains the rule in Japanese.
  • I later renamed 'Usotsuki Mother' as 'Bye-Bye E'. The students weren't really understanding the meaning of a 'lying mother' but after teaching the Magic E rule, they could imagine the E falling off a Magic E word and creating a 'bye-bye' image.


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