Hunting with H

Emergent Literacy

Jillian Induni

Rationale- This lesson will help children identify /h/, the phoneme represented by H. Students will also understand how their mouth moves when making the /h/ sound. Activities that involve the letter H, along with a piece of literature will help the students remember and learn the letter H.


·   Chart with tongue tickler written largely on it: "Harry the hippo had a happy holiday."(1)

·   Pictures of a person hiking, bike, house, mouse, a person saying welcome (hello), a person waving (goodbye), hot (sun), cold (snow)-teacher will specify which words are which. They will put together in pairs so that the student can easily compare. The teacher will have these laminated. (1 flip book).

·   "A House for Hermit Crab" by: Eric Carle

·   Worksheet with pictures (for each student)

·   Pencil (for each student)

·   Crayons (for each student)

·   $2 6-pack sunglasses (of all different shapes)

·   Paper (for each student)


1.  Introduce the lesson by saying: Class, today we are going to be talking about the letter H! Just like each letter looks different, we have to move our mouths differently to make the sound of that certain letter. The letter H is in quite a few words and we need to know and understand what the letter H looks like and also what it sounds like so that we can read different words.

2.  Hand out plastic glasses to the class so that they can practice learning the /h/ sound.Let's pretend you are cleaning off your eye glasses, now hold up your eye glasses to your mouth, like this (shows class) and blow that warm air onto those glasses and say Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I'm so hhhhhhhhappy. What is your mouth doing while you make the /h/ sound? When I make the sound /h/ my mouth opens up real wide to let all of the hot air out. It looks like this (show class again).

3.  Now let's try a tongue tickler to practice saying our new sound (point to the chart). Harry the hippo had a happy holiday. Let's try it together three times (class then repeats tongue tickler three times). Good job! Now let's say it again and stretch out the /h/ sound when we hear it in our tongue tickler. Hhhhhhhharry the hhhhhhhhhhippo hhhhhhhhad a hhhhhhhhappy hhhhhhhholiday.

4.  Alright class, now let's see which words we hear the /h/ sound in. I'm going to choose between two words to show you how I know what word has the letter H in it, do I hear the Hhhh in sound or hound? Right! I hear the Hhhh in hound! Good job! Now, who can raise their hand and tell me which word they hear the letter H in? (Flip to first page of pictures) Do you hear the sound /h/ in hike or bike? (Call on student). Explain why you think that word has an H. Good! (Flip to second page to show mouse and house). Mouse or house? (Call on student). Good! Explain why you think H is in that word. (Flip to third page to show hello or goodbye). Hello or goodbye? (Call on student). Good! Explain why you think H is in that word. (Flip to last page that shows hot or cold). Hot or cold? (Call on student). Great job everyone! Explain to students why the /h/ sound is in hot instead of cold.

5.  Class, now that we have talked about the different sounds H can make, lets practice writing the letter H. Okay, class, this is how I draw a capital H (teacher demonstrates how to draw the letter H on the board.) Who can come up to the board and practice drawing a capital H? Alright, now class, we are going to write a lower case h, it looks like this (teacher draws lower case h on board). Now, who wants to come up to practice drawing the lower case letter h? Thank you for those who participated. I want you all to draw a upper case H and a lower case h on your paper now.

6.  Alright! Now let's all gather around so that we can read a book. The title of our book is called "A House for Hermit Crab" the author of this book is Eric Carle. What /h/ sounds do you hear in the title of this book? I hear that house and hermit both have the /h/ sound. This book is about a Hermit crab that outgrows his shell, but when he moves into his next shell it is so bare that it makes him sad. Then to his surprise all of the beautiful sea creatures come together to make his shell pretty but then he starts outgrowing it again. As we read the book, I want you to remember earlier when we talked about blowing /h/ sound on your eye glasses with the hot air that comes from deep in your lungs. Every time you hear the /h/ sound put on your eye glasses. (Read the book together).

7.  Okay class, now it's your turn to show me how much you've learned about the letter H. Pass out worksheet with pictures of different things. Draw a line with your pencil to the /h/ sounding pictures and then I want you to color only the pictures that have the /h/ sound.



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