"Pppancakes for Pppiggy"

Emergent Literacy Design

Mary Claire Sikes

Rationale: For children to successfully learn how to read and write they need to learn all of the different phoneme sounds.  Children must distinguish and learn all the twenty-six letters of the alphabet as well as the vocal gestures that correspond with them.  The students will learn that the letter p stands for /p/.  During this lesson, students will practice identifying /p/ orally and the letter p in print. Together we will read a book aloud, and then talk about the different words that made the "ppp" sound. The students will be given lots of practice to make sure they fully comprehend the sound and the letter.  They will then be assessed individually to make sure that they fully understand the concept.


-Primary paper and pencils

-The saying, "Prince Peter and Princess Patty play pick-up-sticks" written on chart paper with a picture of a prince and princess.

-Worksheets with pictures of items (dog, cat, muffin, pea, eggs, paper, pig, log)

-The book: If you give a Pig a Pancake


1.    Explain to the students that they will be learning the special code to our language and that although it is very exciting and fun to learn it may be a little tricky at times. "Today, we will learn how to make the sound that represents the letter p.  We will also learn how to write upper and lower case p.  After we have lots of practice with this, then we will read a book together and see if we can find any words that have the "ppp" sound in them."

2.    Ask students: "Have you ever tasted something not so good and wanted to spit it out and you said "ppp"? "I hate broccoli and everytime I eat it I always spit it out and say, 'ppp.' Let's practice making the /p/ sound by pretending we are eating our least favorite food that we want to spit out. Everyone say "ppp," while we throw our food out.  Can anyone tell me what letter the 'ppp' sound represents? P, that's right!"

3.    (Take out chart with tongue twister) "Prince Peter and Princess Patty play pick-up-sticks" Now everyone say it together two times. This time we will read it aloud, and put an emphasis on the /p/. Say it like this, "Pppprince Ppppeter and Pppprincess Ppppatty ppplay pppick-up-sticks"."Now lets try it again and this time we will break the /p/ off from the rest of the words. "P/rince/ P/eter/ and P/rincess/ P/atty/ p/lay/ p/ick/-up-sticks"

4.    (Have students take out primary paper and pencil): Now let's practice writing the letter p. I am going to show you how to write both uppercase and lowercase p. I will demonstrate how to write the letter on the chart paper first. Watch me very closely as I write my uppercase P; look where I am starting and where I am ending.  Now you try writing it on your own lined paper.  I will walk around to make sure that everyone is writing his or her P correctly.  Now I will show you how to write a lower-case p, pay very careful attention because you are going to practice it on your own.  Now you try writing it!

5.    "I'm going to read some words aloud and I want you to tell me if you hear the 'ppp' sound in the word."I will model one for you first. Dog; I don't think I hear the 'ppp' sound in dog? Now let's try together. What about pencil? Do we hear the 'ppp' sound in pencil? Yes, that's right we do! Mat; do you hear the 'ppp' sound in mat? No, you are right. Purple; do you hear the 'ppp' sound in purple? Yes, your right we do! Storm; do you hear the 'ppp' sound in storm? No, that's right! Pants; do you hear the 'ppp' sound in pants? Yes, that's right! You're doing so great!

6.    Introduce the book If you give a Pig a Pancake. Have you ever seen a pig? What do you think would happen if you gave a Pig a pancake? Have you ever seen a pig eat a pancake? Let's read to find out! Read the book and have a discussion about the 'ppp' sound.  Read the story again and this time have the students spit out their food whenever they hear the 'ppp' sound. Write the words on the chart with corresponding pictures to go along.  Then together as a group read the words that represent the pictures.

7.    For assessment, give each student a sheet with different pictures of different items on them (Example: money, paper, pretzel, rabbit, giraffe, Princess, penny, dog, pen). Have class identify and name each picture, and then have them circle all the words that begin with the 'ppp' sound.


- Conner, Caroline. Mmmm Mmmm Good. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/doorways/connercel.htm