Christy Cooley
Beginning Reading

Girl Gorillas Get Goofy with the letter G
Learning the Letter "G" Sounds

RationaleTo help students to recognize and respond to the sound of the letter G. The students will be able to determine the pronunciation and meaning of words by using phonics (matching letters and combinations of letters with sounds), semantics (language sense and meaning), syntactics (sentence structure), graphs, pictures, and context as well as knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This lesson will help children to recognize the uppercase letter G, respond to the sound of the letter G at the beginning of a word, and they will also be able to pronounce the phoneme g = /g/.

· alphabet chart
· letter Gâs that are pre-cut, made from card stock (one for each student)
· glue
· green glitter
· handi-wipes
· gray construction paper
· sample of completed project
· Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

1. Introduce the letter Gg to students by pointing to it on the alphabet chart. Express the G sound. Recite words that begin with the letter G (gorilla, girl, gift, game,etc.) and emphasize the G sound while doing so. Can you think of another word that begins with the letter G?  (ghost) OK. Good, now stretch the /g/ sound out.  For example, gggg-O-s-t.

2. Refer to the sample of what the students will be making (letter G covered in green glitter). Today we are going to be making the letter G by decorating it with green glitter and gluing it on gray construction paper (emphasize glue, green, glitter, gray). Pass out the materials (letter G's, glue, glitter, and gray construction paper).

3. Now dip your index finger into the glue and trace the pre-cut letter G with the glue. [Students should have handi-wipes available on their desks for afterwards.]

4. Next, have students sprinkle green glitter onto the glue. The excess glitter should be shaken into the trash or back into the container of glitter.

5. Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry and then have each student glue their green glitter G to the gray construction paper.

6. When all of the letters are finished, read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. The students are going to pretend to be something green that grows (whatever they want to imagine). They will crouch down next to their desks as the story is read. Students will need to listen carefully to the story. Every time a word that begins with the G sound is said, the children should hold their letter Gâs up in the air, stand up, and pretend to be growing.

7.  For assessment, students will be given a worksheet that instructs them to ãdraw a line from the picture of the goat to the pictures whose names begin like goat." There are six pictures on the page that begin with the letter G (girl, game, ghost, gum, gold, gift).

ReferenceCandace Harrison
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