The Tree Is Growing Taller

Stacy Snyder

Emergent Literacy



Rationale- Before young children can learn to read and spell words, they must learn to recognize letters and the sounds or phonemes that those letters represent.  Some letters are easily recognized, while others are more difficult due to their similarities with other letters.  Two such letters that cause students constant confusion are the letters b and d.  This lesson will help children recognize letter b and also to differentiate from other letters such as letter d.  Once students can recognize the letter, then they will be introduced to the phoneme that b represents. 



-         a poster cut out of a tree with Velcro strips on it

-         apples with words on them and Velcro strips on the back

-         words: tree, tip, to, ten, try, tap, tell, talk, set, map, bat, get, hen, hat, jet, pan, cap

-         dry erase board and marker

-         primary paper and pencils fro each student

-         picture paper for assessment with a tree, tin, top, turtle, frog, saw, bubble, violin

-         book: ABC's By: Dr. Seuss




1. Introduce the lesson: "Today we are going to be learning about the letter T and the sound that it makes. We need to know about this letter because we use it to write different words and read lots of books. We are going to be learning how to write this letter too!"

2.  Hold up the letter T and ask the children, "What letter is this? Right! This is the letter T. Does anyone know what sound it makes? It makes the /t/ sound, like in the words, 'trick and time

3.  Practice writing the letters, both uppercase and lowercase with the children on chart paper. "Now, that we know what the letter T looks like and what sound it makes, we are going to practice writing it. Everyone get a pencil and the paper that I gave you. To make a big T, or uppercase, we will make a straight line at the top like this, and a line going down from the center of the other line. Now you try. To make the small T or the lowercase T, we will make another straight line going down, but this time we will cross it at the fence instead of at the top. I want you all to practice writing both of these letters and I’ll come around to see them."

4.Next, use the picture cards. Pass out all of the cards to all of the students.  Each students will stand up and say their word.  Then as a class we will decide if the word begins with a T or not.  If the word does begin with a T the student will put the word card on the tree.  If the word does not begin with a T the student will not put the card on the tree

5. For the assessment, give the children a picture sheet and have them write the letter  t on the pictures that begin with that sound.


Marilyn Jager Adams (1990). Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About

    Print, A Summary by Steven A. Stahl, Jean Osborn, and Fran Lehr.  Urbana, IL: Center for the Study of Reading.

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