Nancy's Nice Nose
Lindsay Dean
Emergent Literacy

Rational: One of the main things that children need to learn in order to spell is that letters stand for phonemes, which are mapped out by the spellings.  They have to be able to recognize each phoneme so that they can match a letter to it.  This lesson will help children become aware that the letter n represents the phoneme /n/.  They will learn the sound "n" makes and be able to find the letter and sound in spoken words.

Materials: poster with tongue twister written on it "Nobody was nice to Nancy's neighbor Nick, but he was never nasty." , laminated cards with words on them (ex. night and day, hand and foot), cards with pictures of items with the letter "n",  primary writing paper, pencil, book Night and Day, handout with pictures of items- some with n and some without.

Procedure: 1. Introduce the lesson by sharing how sometimes words are not easily seen or written.  Talk about the letter "n" and see which children think they know what it sounds like.  Ask for examples of words that start with n to see how much the children know.  Today we are going to listen closely for words with n it them.

2. Describe the sound as the sound a mosquito makes or the sound an electric shaver makes.  I want everyone to make the sound nnnnn.  Stretch it out.  Can you see how it sounds like a mosquito or an electric shaver?  Can you feel how your tongue is on the roof of your mouth when you make the sound?

3.I want everyone to listen to this tongue twister as I say it.  "Nobody was nice to Nancy's neighbor Nick, but he was never nasty"  (Tongue twister will be on the poster for the students to see).  Now I want everyone to say it with me.  Now, every time you hear an "n" sound I want you to stretch it out.  "NNNNNobody was nice to NNNNancy's nnnnneighbor NNNNick, but he was nnnnever NNNNasty."  Good job, I love how you are listening and following directions.

4. Now I want you to take out your paper and pencil. I want us to practice making the letter "n".  Start with your pencil on the "fence".  Make a straight line down just to the sidewalk.  Bounce that same line up and curve it over along the fence and come right back down to the sidewalk.  Now you have made a letter n!!  Make the same letter five more times and raise your hand and show me your work.  Now you will be able to find the letter n in words.

5. Hold up cards and ask students which words have the letter n in them. Do you hear n in night or day?  Do you hear n in hand or foot? Etc

6. Read book Night and Day.  Have students identify words with n in them and write them on their paper.

7. Assessment: Give each child the handout with different items on it.  Have them check on their paper the items that start with n or have an n in them.  Go over answers as a class.

Reference: www.readingrockets.org/article.php?ID=188.com

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