Grade Levels: K-2

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Gh, and supports the standard of knowing and applying grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Write the words ghost, laugh, and eight on the board. Read each word aloud as you point to it, or ask a volunteer to read them aloud. Re-read each one emphasizing the “gh” sound in each. Ask:

  • What do you notice about all three words?
  • What do you notice about the sound “gh” makes in each word?



  • Play the Gh movie.
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 


Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.



Students express what they learned about Gh while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Draw something that rhymes with the word “right.”
  • Activity: Color words with the same vowel sound.
  • Talk About It: Brainstorm different words with “gh” in them.
  • Write About It: Write a sentence that uses words with “ough.”


More to Explore 

Phonics Unit: Continue to build understanding around phonics and word recognition by exploring more BrainPOP Jr. topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments