Gorilla Girl Grows Green with the Letter G
Emergent Literacy
Aretha Holloway

     In order to learn to read, individuals must be able to recognize letters.  This lesson will help children recognize /g/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation and a letter symbol, and then they will create green, glittered G's on Popsicle sticks.  They will also learn the phoneme g = /g/ by listen for and saying it in words.



1. Show them the letter Gg by pointing to it on the alphabet chart.  Express the G sound.  Recite the Tongue Twister form the chart and emphasize the G sound while doing so.  Ask the students if they can think of other words that begin with the G sound.  Examples:  gate, good.  Repeat the words and stress the G sound slowly for the kids: (g-g-gate).

2. Have the students to take out primary paper and pencil.  "We can use the letter G to spell /g/.  Now let's write it.  For a capital G, form a big C, and then come back to the line to give him a tray to hold straight.  For lowercase g, first make a, the, gee, that's a good idea:  If the ball falls, it falls into the basket.  I want everybody to make a Gg, and when I put a star on your paper, I want you to make me one row of each."

3. Call on the students to answer the following: " Do you hear /g/ in green or blue?  Gate or fence?  Goofy or Mickey?  Glue or paint?  Let's see if you can hear the G sound in these words.  Raise you hand if you do and put it down until you hear the sound again."  Say the tongue twister slowly to allow students time to raise their hand when they hear /g/:  Goofy gets silly when Gary gets a green goblin."

4. Refer to the sample of what the students will be making (letter G covered in green glitter).  Explain the directions and continue to emphasize the G sound. " We are going to make the letter G by putting glue on the letter and then sprinkling glitter on top of the glue and then gluing them to green Popsicle sticks."  Pass out the materials (letter G's, glue, glitter, Popsicle sticks).

5. Have the students dip their finger into the glue and trace the pre-cut letter G with the glue.  (Place handi-wipes at the student's desk to clean the glue when they finish).

6. Now sprinkle green glitter on the glue.  Extra glitter should be shaken in the trash or back into the glitter container.

7. Allow the glue to dry and then have the students glue a Popsicle stick to the bottom of the letter.

8. When all the letters are finished, read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.  The students are going to pretend to be something green that grows (whatever they want to be).  They will squat down next to their desks as the story is read.  Students will need to listen carefully to the story.  Every time a word that begins with the G sound is read, the children will hold up their letter G in the air, stand up, and pretend to be growing.

Students will be given a picture worksheet.  They are to name the pictures and circle the picture whose names begin with the letter G and makes the sound /g/.  Examples of pictures include:  goat, pencil, book, girl, game, rat, ghost, gum, etc.

Candace Harrison
Email:  school bell@prodigy.net

Alphabet letter activity sheet

Byrne, B., & Fielding-Barnsley, R. (1990).  Acquiring the alphabetic principle:  A case for teaching recognition of phoneme identity.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 805-812.

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