Annadan 8/9


It has taken a while but finally here they are: Annadan pages 8 and 9. This week it’s all about open and closed syllables as well as long and short vowel sounds. FREE download.

This week’s Annadan lecture consists of two facing pages of the book. Please, make sure you download and print both of them.




For your FREE download of page 8 click HERE

For page 9 click HERE.


This week’s Annadan illustration shows Anna after having been sent to bed by her grandma. Reading the book she received in an anonymous parcel earlier on she dreams herself away to fantastical land. There she and Dan are left in charge issuing tickets for the journey ahead. The clue: They must categorize all passengers by their first syllables as either closed or open syllable ticket holders.

Can your child help finding out who belongs where?

What will your child learn this week?

This week your child will be learning to identify open and closed syllables and to correctly read them with either long or short vowel sound. These are the key concepts covered in chapter 2 – and essential for further language studies. So,  lease, make sure your child thoroughly understands these concepts before moving on to the next lessons (even if that might take a little longer than some of the pages you went through before).


As mentioned before pages 8 and 9 introduce the concept of open and closed syllables as well as long and short vowel sounds. This means your child will master:

  • explaining what open and closed syllables are and how to identify them
  • choosing the correct vowel sound for these types of syllables (long/short)
  • blending open and closed syllables correctly to read meaningful words

In case you are not totally sure about the open/closed syllable concept yourself I recommend reading up on

identifying closed syllables and
identifying open syllables.

As introduction to the concept (and explanation why it’s necessary): The Shoebox Experiment.
This low- or even no-cost experiment (all you need is a reasonably sized box – a little larger than your child’s head) will strengthen your child’s phonemic awareness and teach her to listen to sounds more closely – thus discovering how an actual closed box changes the sound of a vowel – compared to a vowel just spoken into the open.

Once your child has mastered this she will be able to transfer her understanding to ‘syllable boxes’ – the idea of consonants representing a box that either closes the vowel in or allows it to sound freely.

Equipped with these skills your child will then be able to find out which of the creatures in this week’s illustration belong where (and which ticked should be issued).

Please remember:
Your child is to identify THE FIRST SYLLABLES ONLY. The letters in small print are solely for the educator to make sense of which word these first syllables stand for. (Since some of their letters haven’t been introduced yet, trying to sound them out would cause more confusion than help your child succeed.)

Oral Language and ESL

Since this week’s Annadan is all about traveling and travel preparations ESL and oral language lessons could include:

  • asking the way and giving directions
  • talking about past holidays and/or travel experiences
  • planning a field trip (and actually buying a ticket)

Additional Resources

With open and closed syllables being such a key concept in reading there are quite a few resources you can use to supplement Annadan:

Next week

From next week until about mid-August will be on a much needed summer break. I will be enjoying the weather and recharging my batteries so I can come back with a great post on how to differentiate long and short vowel sounds in open and closed syllables in a sign-supported classroom. I’m also preparing an awesome, self-explanatory  count-the-syllables resource that can be used with all these random things your child loves so much (ninjas, Filly Fairies, surfs, horses….). In September I will then post the next Annadan lesson introducing the letter S/s. (Hint: Anna will be in India…)



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