Lick Your Lollipop With L

Emergent Literacy

Kelly Meyer


Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /l/, the phoneme represented by L. Students will learn to recognize /l/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (licking a lollipop) and the letter symbol L, practice finding /l/ in words.



Primary paper and pencil, PowerPoint with " Lisa lost the large lemon for the lizard Lenny loved" slide, and "I Love to Sing for the Letter Ll" poem slide; drawing paper and crayons; assessment worksheet for each student



1. Say: Our language has a ton of "sneaky" secrets that we must know about each letter in order to read successfully! Today we are going to learn about the /l/ mouth move. We spell /l/ with the letter L. When I say /l/ I think of licking a lollipop.


2. Say: Let's pretend to lick a lollipop while sounding out the letter L, /l/, /l/, /l/. Think about what your mouth is doing when you sound out the letter L. When I sound out the letter L, the tip of my tongue is curled up and touching the back of my upper teeth and the roof of my mouth. Sometimes, your tongue may flop down at the end of the /l/ sound. My mouth is also open.


3. Say: Now, let me show you how to find /l/ in the word lake. When I say the word lake I am going to stretch out the word as slow as I can and listen for the "licking a lollipop" sound. Llll-aaa-k –e. Say it with me this time but slower. Llllllll-aaaaaa-kk-e. Did you feel your tongue curl up and touch the roof of your mouth? I did!


4. Say: How about we try a tricky tongue twister! "Lisa lost the large lemon for the lizard Lenny loved." Let's all say it three times together. Good! Do you hear the /l/ sound in our tongue twister? Let's say it one more time but very slowly while stretching out the /l/ sound. "Lllllisa llllost the llllarge llllemon for the llllizard Lllleny lllloved." Try it again, but break the /l/ sound off of the word like this: "/l/ isa." All together now: "/l/isa /l/ost the /l/arge /l/emon for the /l/izard /l/enny /l/oved." Great job!


5. Say: Let's practice spotting the /l/ sound in one of two words! Do you hear /l/ in late or cake? less or mess? lost or boss? melt or met? cool or new? Let's get trickier and spot the /l/ sound in one word. Lick your lollipop when you hear /l/ in these words: least, call, filth, bold, below, allow, rolling, balance, hello. We should have heard /l/ in all of these words.


7. Say: Let's read a poem about the letter L. Read "I Love to Sing for the Letter Ll" poem in the tune to "Deck The Halls." Display on the SmartBoard.


I love to sing for the letter Ll,

La-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,

I like the things that Ll can tell,

La-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,

Light the lamp and lick the lollipop,

La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la,

I just love the letter Ll,

La-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.


Have children join in and read/sing the poem multiple times.  


8. Say: Let's practice writing capital and lower case letter L. I am going to write capital and lowercase L on the board. To write a capital L you "pull down a line and add a lap. Lie down, lazy! It's time for a nap!" Now you write the capital letter L ten times. Once students are done introduce lowercase letter L. While writing a lower case L on the board say "little l looks like a number one. Just draw a line and you are done!" Now you write the lowercase letter L ten times. Walk around room and observe students.


9. Say: I want you to draw ten lollipops on your paper. Think of words that start with L. Once you have drawn all ten of your lollipops write words with the /l/ sound in each of the lollipops. Students are encouraged to use inventive spelling.


8. For the assessment, have students color the picture that begins with the letter sound /l/ on the assessment worksheet.


Resource: Letter Ll by Sandra Jones


Assessment worksheet:


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