One of the two best predictors of reading success is a student’s
to distinguish between phonemes (Adams, 1990).
Furthermore, it is essential for students to understand that the
phonemes in spoken words are represented by graphemes in written
language. The following lesson provides
an opportunity to identify the phoneme /l/ in spoken language and the
that corresponds to this phoneme.
Large representation of the
(Ex: the letters L and l).
with "Large lazy lions love to lounge by the lake."
Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.
page with lamp, hat,
lizard, ball, tree, ladder, and
#1 – Begin the lesson by
that our language is a secret code.
Then say: One of the sounds in
this secret code is /l/. Now, everyone
practice saying /l/. Notice how your
tongue moves from the top of your mouth to the bottom.
Does anyone know what letter makes the /l/
sound? Right, the letter l makes
the /l/ sound. At this point, the
visual representation of /l/ will be presented. Students
will be shown how to make an L with their thumb
#2 – Now that you all know the
letter l makes the /l/ sound, we are going to
sound in some words. Are you
ready? Do you hear /l/ in lamp or
camp? Do you hear /l/ in light
or night? Do you hear /l/ in
hand or help? How about
in fall or hall?
#3 – Now lets try a tongue
(use chart and pointer). Large
lazy lions love to lounge by the lake.
Let’s try it together. This time
hold up your L (thumb and forefinger) when you hear
/l/. Great Job!
Now I would like you to stretch the /l/ sound. /lll/arge /lll/azy
/lll/ions /lll/ove to /lll/ounge by the
/lll/ake. One more time.
#4 – Have students take out
paper and a pencil. Say: The
letter we use to make the /l/ sound is an
l. When we make an l, we
start at the sky and go straight down to the grass.
Then, we make a little curve to the right. Now
you try it! Show your l
neighbor. If your neighbor says your l
looks good, write five
– Pass out printout of
eyeglasses, crayons, scissors, glue, and popsicle sticks.
I am passing out a pair of glasses for you to color, cut out,
to your popsicle stick (show completed pair).
#6 – After the students have
completed their eyeglasses, introduce Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What
see? by Bill Martin,
reading, explain that the students are on the lookout for the letter l. Whenever they hear /l/, they
their glasses to their eyes and look for l.
After the reading
activity, the students will
receive a picture page to complete.
Help the students name each picture.
Students will be instructed to circle the picture if they hear /l/ in
Adams, M.J. (1990) Beginning
Read: Thinking and Learning About Print. University
of Illinois at
Boggs, Adrienne. "O, Do You
Martin Jr., Bill. (1970) Brown
Brown Bear, What Do You See? Harccurt Brace &
Company: New York.
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