You are Cordially Invited to the Wedding of Q & U
This week we prepared for the wedding of the letters Q and U to make the "qu" sound. Many arrangements were made. The vowels were invited and presents for the bride and groom were made. Girls wore veils and carried flowers and the boys wore top hats. The bridal party marched down the aisle to Cannon in D as the shushers held Quiet signs. The flower girl threw the paper letters and our principal conducted the ceremony.
We started having this ceremony last year to help remind our students that Q always needs U during spelling. The week leading up to the ceremony, we did activities and read books that helped the students understand the concept. One of the activities is a word blend sorting. I made index cards that have words begin with "qu", "th", "sh", and "ch" blends. I have the students sort the words and then type the words onto an alphasmart.
After the ceremony, we opened the gifts that the students made for Q and U. The students brought in quarters, Quaker oats, Q-tips, a quarterback, quills, a quilt, and a crown fit for a queen. The students had a blast during the ceremony. They enjoyed sharing their gifts with the class and they will always remember the wedding of Q and U!