Students need to be able to recognize individual phonemes and associate them with their corresponding letter or letters before they can read. The understanding of letter recognition serves as a student's base as to which to base their other information upon. In this lesson I will be reviewing the letter d. By the end of this lesson, I would like for the students' to be able to understand the sound /d/ makes, and also to be able to write it correctly.
the letter d on a poster
tongue twister (Dave dove deep into the dark ocean.)
dry erase markers
picture cards with words that begin with /d/. Example: dog, diving board, door, desk, deer
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck and illustrated by Valeria Petrone.
worksheet with pictures of /d/ words and non /d/ words
(dog, dive, dump, deer, can, stop, her)
Today I will begin by introducing the letter /d/. "Boys and girls, today we are going to learn about a fun letter in the alphabet. Can anyone guess what letter I might be thinking of? I'll give you a hint, it comes in between /c/ and /e/. That's right it's /d/. The letter /d/ says dddd‰¥Ïlike duh.
I will hold up the poster with the letter /d/ printed on in. "What letter is this? That's right, it's the letter /d/. What sound does the letter /d/ make? You are right again, ddd‰¥Ïlike duh".
"I have a silly sentence that I am going to share with you. Once I am done, I want you to repeat it back to me. Everyone ready? Dave dove deep into the dark ocean. This time I want you to echo after me. Here we go‰¥Ï Dave dove deep into the dark ocean."
"Now we are going learn how to write the letter /d/. First you start out making a little /c/. You start out at the fence and go around down to the sidewalk and come straight up all the way to the rooftop and straight back down. That's a letter /d/. Now you all try to make the letter /d/. Great job.
Now I am going to hold up two pictures and I want you to tell me what each picture is. Then I want you to tell me which one starts with /d/, ddd. Ready?" (Hold up pictures.) First set: dog and ice cream. We will continue with five more sets of pictures.
Next, we are going to read a book called Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck. I am going to read you this story but every time you hear /d/ then I want you to hold your hands out like you are saying duh.
For assessment, I will pass out a worksheet with pictures that start with the letter d and some that do not.
Frey, K. (2006). Polly the Purple Platypus. Emergent Literacy. Auburn University Reading Genie Website: retrieved October 10, 2007.