Buzz the Bee


Buzz the Bee

By: Lauren Vacca

Emergent Literacy Lesson



Rational: This lesson will help children identify / z/, the phoneme represented by. Students will learn to recognize / z/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (   Z) and the letter symbol Z. The students will also practice finding / z/ in words.



·     - Primary Paper

·     - Pencils

·     - Markers

·     - Poster with tongue tickler :The zany zebra zoomed in the zoo.

·     - Word cards ( zero, zoo, maze, daze)

·     - Assessment worksheet identifying pictures with the letter /z/

·    - Picture of letter Z

·     - Buzz the bee ( bee glued to a popsicle stick)

·     -Dr. Seuss’s ABC : An amazing alphabet book ( focus on page with Z)



1.     1. Say:  Our written language can be tricky sometimes, and it can be hard to understand what the letters stand for. Today we are going to learn about the letter Z and the sound it makes /z/. We spell /z/ with the letter Z.


2.    2.  Let’s pretend that we are bees buzzing around, /z/, /z/ , /z/. (Pantomime buzzing like a bee). When we say /z/, the tip of our tongues touch above the tops of our teeth.  When we hear /z/ or see a Z we are going to pick up our bumblebee and zig-zag through the air. Let’s try it, pick up buzz the bee and let him buzz through the air with our arms out like we are flying with him!


3.     3. Now let me show you how to find /z/ in some different words. I will stretch out the word buzz very slow, and I want you to listen for me buzzing around like buzz. Bb-u-zzz. Then say it even slower, Bbb-uuzzzz. While I was saying the /z/ sound my tongue touched above the top of my teeth. Can you hear the buzzing sound when I say buzz?



4.     4. Ok now we are going to try our tounge twister together. ( it will be displayed on chart).  The Zany zebra zoomed in the zoo. Let’s say it three times together. Now this time let’s say it and stretch out the /z/ sound when you hear it at the beginning of the words. Zzzany zzzebras zzzoomed in the zzzoo.



5.   5.  I am going to read some words. If the word has a Z then hold buzz in the air if the word does not have a /z/ the do not hold buzz in the air.  I will say the word and the children should hold up buzz when they hear the /z/ sound.  Do you hear the /z/ sound in?














6.    6.  Show ZIP ( on a note card) and model how to decide if zip or sip. Say: I hear the /z/ sound in zip and that /z/ tells me to buzz like a bee. When I sound it out it is zzzz – ip, zip. Now you try some: ( I will have the word on a note card)


ZERO: zero or hero?

ZOO: boo or zoo?

MAZE: rack or maze?

ZOEY: joey or zoey?

DAZE: daze or dog?



7.     7. We are going to read the Z page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC : An amazing alphabet book. I will read the first page. Listen carefully because there are a lot of words on this page that have the /z/ sound. When you hear me say a word with /z/ hold up buzz and do the zig-zag motion so we can see buzz buzzing through the air! Ok Now I want you to read it the next page with me and show me Buzz buzzing around whenever you hear the /z/ sound.



8.    8. For assessment I will have a worksheet where the students will identify pictures with the letter /z/. I will provide the children with markers so they can color the worksheet.













Dansak, Sarah. (2009). Zipping Zig-Zag Zipper with Zebras


Dr. Seuss. (1963) ABC : An amazing alphabet book


Murray, Bruce. (2008). Brush Your Teeth with F.



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