G wins the Gold


Emergent Literacy

Allison McDonald



Rationale:  Children must learn to recognize letters and phonemes to eventually learn to read.  Recognizing letters will help children become automatic and accurate in mapping the phonemes to the letters. Through hearing sounds and seeing words, this lesson will help children learn the letter g and the /g/ sound to help in future reading success.



Primary paper and pencils

Book:  Cronin, D. (2002). Giggle, Giggle, Quack.  Scholastic Inc.:  New York.

Picture of letter g (one for every child)

Cards that have a picture of piece of gold on them (one for every child)

Chart with tongue twister:  “Good going on getting the gold medal.”

Cards with words:  gold, door, pig, yarn, gate, gum, book, flag

Picture worksheet:  gold, fish, gate, gum, book, bug, mug, sun



1.  Explain to students the importance of recognizing letters and understanding their sound.  “Today we are going to win the gold for recognizing and remembering the letter g.”


2.  Ask students:  “Have you ever tasted something that did not taste very good?  What did you say after you tasted it?  Gross!  Do you hear the /g/ in gross?  Good, now say GGGGGGrosss.”


3.  “Let’s try this tongue twister:  Good going on getting the gold medal!”  Now let’s say it again.  Now this time hold up your gold medal when you hear the /g/ sound.”


4.  “Now everyone take out your paper and pencil, we are going to practice writing the letter g.  Start at the fence and draw a curve down to the sidewalk.  Then go back up to the fence.  Now without moving your pencil draw a line straight back down to the sidewalk and keep going but start curving it back up.  Stop curving once you get to where you almost touch the sidewalk again.  Now write a g and I will give you a sticker.  Then I want you to write five more.  When you see the letter g say gross.”


5.  Now tell the student’s to hold up their letter g when they hear the /g/ sound in these words.  “Do you hear /g/ in go or stop?  Leave or get?  Gum or candy?  Monkey or gorilla?   Say:  Now when you see the g in these words, then I want you to say the /g/ sound.”(hold up cards one at a time)


6.  Read Giggle, Giggle, Quack, and do a book walk.  “This book is about a farmer that leaves his animals with his brother.  The animals on the farm are very sneaky.  Find out what happens to the brother when you read Giggle, Giggle, Quack.  Have the students write a message about the book.  Display their work.


7.  Hand out a worksheet that has pictures of different things on it.  Have the children circle the picture that has the /g/ sound in it.  Then have them write the letter g next to the picture.



Eldridge, J.  (2005).  Teach decoding why and how.  Merrill Prentice Hall:  New

            Jersey. pgs. 268.

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