Popcorn with letter P! 


                                                                                                          Allison Bagwell

Rational: Knowledge of letters and phonemic awareness have been found to bear a strong and direct relationship to success and ease of reading acquisition"  (Adams).  Before students can read or spell words, they must be able to identify letters and the phonemes they represent.  This lesson will teach students to recognize the letter p in print and the phoneme /p/ in spoken words.

Material: Primary paper and pencils


                    Construction paper

                  Alphabetic chart

                    Work sheet with /p/ and different phonemes

                    The book - Each peach pear plum by: J. Ahlberg. Viking Kestrel Picture Books.

                    Pictures of words with /p/ and words without


1) Write the letter p on the board asking if anyone knows the letter.  Does anyone know any words that start with this letter? (stretch out the sound /p/ and write the words on the board).

2) Does everyone hear the /p/ in popcorn? Ok good, now when you hear the /p/ make your hands pop open like popcorn. “close hands and when you make the /p/ open them for popping effect.

3) Now lets try our tongue twister Penny Pops Popcorn for a Pirates Pet Parrot everyone say it once. Next, say it but stretching out the /p/  Pppppenny ppppops pppopcorn for a pppirates pppet pppparrot. Now brake of the /p/: /P/ enny /p/ ops /p/ opcorn for a /p/ irates /p/ et /p/ arrot.


4) Give the children a piece of the primary paper and pencil. We can use the letter to spell /p/.  Lets do it together: draw a straight line down from the roof top to the side walk and then at the rooftop give the line a chest or a backwards c” After I give you a sticker I want you to make 5 more just like it.

5) Raise your hand when you know the answer to the following questions: Do you hear /p/ in pickle or nickel? Pencil or dribble? Tickle or Pinch?  Pirate or Cowboy? Show the students the cards with the pictures. When you hear the /p/, make the popcorn motion with your hand.

6) Read the book -Each peach pear plum

7) For the assessment hand the students the worksheets with the pictures asking them to circle the ones that have the /p/ sound.


Adams, M.J. (1990) Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print.  Center for the study off Reading and the Reading 
Research and Education Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Bruce Murray, Reading Genie, http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/spellings.html