Emergent Literacy Design
Patty the Pretty Pig
∙Poster board with the a big upper and lower case p on it
∙The tongue twister, “Paul pays Patty a penny for the pumpkin pie” on chart paper
∙Picture cards (horse, pig, pencil, crayon, pen, marker, pumpkin, squash, paper, chalkboard)
∙“If You Take a Pig to a Party” by Laura Numeroff
Publisher: HarperCollins Children Books, Sep 2005
∙A worksheet for assessment that has pictures of p objects (Example at the end of the lesson)
∙Each child will need primary paper (2 sheets)
∙Explain what we will be working on today. Class today we are going to learn about the letter in the alphabet that is in between o and q. Today we are going to be learning about the letter p. The letter p is used in many words. I want us to learn how to write the letter p and hear the sound that it makes.
∙In order to active their knowledge of the letter p, I am going to hold up a poster board with a big upper and lower case p. This way everyone can see it. I will then ask the class, What letter is this? That is right!! This is the letter p. Does anyone know the sound that the letter p makes? The /p/ sound is right. The /p/ sound can be heard in word like: paper, pig, and pencil. Boys and girls I am so proud of you. Let’s all pay close attention so that we can learn about the letter p.
∙To introduce the letter p, we will start with a tongue twister that will be written on chart paper: Paul pays Patty a penny for the pumpkin pie. Class I want eyes on this chart. This silly sentence has a lot of words that start with the letter p. I will read this to you and I want you to repeat after me. Listen closely to how I putting a lot of emphasize on the p sound. I will say the tongue twister. Now I want you to say that and remember to hold out the p sound. (They will say it) Great job!!! Let’s say that three more times together. Let’s begin. After we say the tongue twister as a class we will go over how our mouth moves as we say the letter p. Class when we are saying the letter p then our mouth moves like this…Our lips start together then they open and a puff of air comes out. To remember this you can pop your fingers like popcorn.
∙Now that we know what sound the letter p makes we are now going to write it. Can everyone please get out a pencil while I bring you a piece of paper. I will pass out primary paper to each student. At the front of the room I will have a piece of chart paper so that I can model for them how to write the letter p. Class please look up here at me while I write the letter p. First I am going to write the upper case P. Go down and pick up and around the fence. After having them watch me I will allow them to write an upper case P. I now want you to practice writing upper case P five times. I will be walking around so raise your hand if you need help. I will walk around and watch them write if anyone has a problem I will help them. Class now we are going to write the lower case p. I am going to start at the fence go straight down to the ditch then come up and put his chin on the sidewalk. Now I want you to practice writing a lower case p five times. I am here for help if you need it. I will walk around and help if needed.
∙After we have finished writing the letter p, I am now going to go through some pictures to see if they can hear the /p/ sound in words. Boys and Girls, I am going to hold up two pictures. One picture will start with the letter p and the other will not. I want you to tell me what picture has the p sound in it. Ready? Eyes on the pictures. I will hold up one card with a pig and the other with a horse. What picture is this (hold up the horse) class will say, Horse. Then I will hold up the picture of the pig. Class what is this a picture of? Class will say, A pig. Now what picture has the /p/ sound in it? Class will say, pig. I will have other pictures like this and I will go through them in the same way.
∙I will now read the story, If You Take a Pig to a Party by Laura Numeroff. Class when you hear the /p/ sound raise your hand. I will then read the story.
∙First I will pass out some primary paper and get the students to write the letter p in upper and lower case. They write them each three. Also another way to assess my class I will have a paper that will have objects on it. These objects will start with different letters, but they mostly will have objects that start with p. I will tell them to color only the pictures that start with p. I will pass out worksheet and explain directions. This worksheet will help me to assess them individually since we have been doing everything else as a class.
Here is an example of the worksheet:
Circle the pictures that start with the letter P
∙Adams, Marilyn. Beginning
to Read: Thinking and Learning About
Print- A Summary.Champaign: Center for the Study of Reading
∙Dr. Bruce Murray
Reading Genie Website
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