Bouncy Balls and Baseball
This lesson is designed to
help students with the correspondence b=/b/.
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to learn how
both the uppercase and the lowercase letter b.
Student will also learn words that start with the sound /b/. This lesson allows for students to practice
both using the correspondence in a reading and writing situation. “Studies indicate that reading and writing
are interrelated processes (Doctorow, Wittrock, & Marks, 1978;
Berkowitz, 1980), and growth in one process tends to facilitate growth
other” (Eldredge, 11.)
- Book: It’s Not Easy Being Big by
Stephanie St. Piere, Random House Books for Young Readers
- Have a poster designed with the tongue twister
(Bill’s baseball busted Betty’s bubble) written on it.
- Dry erase boards that resemble primary paper
(roof, fence, floor, and basement) for entire class
- Dry erase markers for entire class
- Erasers or paper towels for entire class
- Cards (baseball, basketball, bat, bear, baby,
boy, dog, cat, light, cup, girl, and clock)
- Coloring sheet with 6 pictures on it (boy,
basketball, boat, girl, lamp, and hat).
- Introduce the lesson and why it is important.
Today we will learn about the sound /b/. Does
anybody know what letter makes the sound /b/. The
makes the sound /b/. Can anybody
tell me a couple words that starts with /b/.
- Say to students: What sound do you hear
when you bounce a bouncy ball. When I bounce a bouncy ball I hear /b/,
/b/, /b/. Can everybody pretend to bounce a
ball? When you say /b/ how does
your lips look? My lips are
pressed together. I bounce my bouncy ball because it is fun. Lets
all bounce our bouncy balls.” Have children pretend to bounce a
- Have students try to say the tongue
twister Billy’s baseball busted Betty’s bubble. First
read the tongue twister to the students B-B-Billy’s b-b-baseball
b-b-busted B-B-Betty’s b-b-bubble. Have students read the tongue
twister with you. Be sure to annunciate the sound /b/.
- Have students get ready to write the
letter b. First tell students that this
letter can sometimes be tricky. On your
board model writing the letter b. Start by
telling students to make a bat from the ceiling to the floor. Then tell the students to draw a ball next to
the bat, the top of the ball should be at the fence and the bottom of
the ball should be on the floor. Explain
to the students that when you make the letter b the bat
should hit the
ball. Have the students practice the lower
on their dry erase board. Have them
write the lower case b five times
on their board. Now
students it’s time to practice the uppercase B. Explain
that this is
not complicated. Tell the students that
they need to start this the same way they started the lower case b.
Students need to draw a bat starting at the ceiling going down to the
floor. This time class you need to draw to balls that the bat needs to
hit one on top of the other. Show the
students how to write the uppercase letter B on you dry
erase board. Then have students practice
uppercase letter B. Have them write the
- Now it’s time to play a fun game. Go over all the cards with your students. Tell them the names of the cards (baseball,
basketball, boy, bear, bat, baby, cat, clock, girl, cup, and light.)
After going over the cards tell the students that you are going to hold
up two different cards and that they are going to pick the card that
has the sound /b/.
Hold up two different cards one with the sound /b/
the other with a different correspondent (Ex. card #1 boy; card #2
girl) Ask students to raise their hands if they know which card starts
with the sound /b/.
- Story time! We
are going to read the book It’s Not Easy Being Big. Tell the students to listen very carefully to
the story, and whenever they hear the /b/ sound they
can bounce their
bouncy balls. Remind students as you read
the book that they only need to bounce their balls when they hear the
Pass out the coloring sheets and crayons. Tell the student that they are only to color
the pictures that have a picture that starts with the /b/ sound. Ask if the students have any questions about
the coloring worksheet. While students
are working on this coloring sheet, the teacher should walk around the
offering assistance to students who need extra help with the sound /b/.
Bouncy Bouncy Basketball Emergent
Eldredge, J. Lloyd. Teaching
Decoding Why and How. Second Edition.
Inc. New Jersey.
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