Letter recognition is vital to the success of emergent readers.
It is very important for children to learn to recognize letters in
print and to associate them with their corresponding sounds. In
this lesson, children will learn to recognize the letter H in print and
the phoneme /h/ in spoken words by listening for the phoneme,
repeating it and participating in meaningful hands-on activities to
help them recognize the letter H.
Large H cut out, primary paper, pencil, chalk, chalkboard, Hungry Harry
Partis, letter cutouts of H, worksheet for each student with words that
make /h/ sound.
1. "Words that we say and write are made up of twenty-six different
letters. Each letter makes its own sound. It is important
to learn to recognize each letter and remember the sound it makes.
Today we are going to learn about the letter H. I am going to help you
remember the sound it makes by teaching you about how your mouth moves
when you say the sound."
2. Remind students of how they can pay attention to the way their
mouth is moving when they are speaking.
3. Describe /h/ as the sound you make when you breathe into a cupped
hand. Have the students practice making the /h/ sound into their
hands. "Do you hear /h/ in book
?" Emphasize /h/ in each
4. "Now let's try a tongue twister. Listen closely to this
sentence, then I want you to repeat it."Hungry Henry hurried home from
Harold's on Halloween." (Use chart with sentence for students to
see). I want to hear you say it two more times. Good! Now,
listen as I find the /h/'s in the sentence. I will stretch out the
/h/'s that I hear. H-H-Hungry H-H-Henry h-h-hurried h-h-home from
H-H-Harold's on H-H-Halloween. Now you try! Stretch out those /h/'s!
Good Job! This time, we are going to break off the /h/ from the rest of
the word. /H/-ungry /H/-enry /h/-urried /h/-ome from /H/-arold's
5. The letter H spells /h/. I will then create the letter H
on the board as I go through the steps to make an H. The students will
then get to practice making the letter Hh on primary paper. "The letter
H is used to spell /h/. Watch me as I write the letter H on the
board. For the uppercase H, go down for a wall, down for a wall,
and the cross at the fence. To make a lowercase h, start at the
rooftop, come down and hump over. Now everyone practice
making upper and lowercase H's on your paper."
6. Read the story Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis. Distribute
letter H's. "This book is called Hungry Harry. It is about
a frog named H-H-Harry who is really h-h-hungry. One day he asked
his mom what was for dinner and she told him that he was old enough to
find his own dinner now. Let's read the book and see if H-H-Harry
find any food. When I am reading, listen for the words that make
the /h/ sound. When you hear one, raise your letter, wait
quietly, and then put it down. Listen carefully!"
7. Distribute worksheet to students. The worksheet asks them to
place a H and a h next to each picture that make the /h/ sound.
As the students go through the worksheet, they are to say the words
softly to see if the word makes the /h/ sound.
Allen, Margaret. Dr Maggie's Phonics Learning Centers. Creative
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Bell, Ginnu. Hungry Hungry Harry. http:www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/explorbellel.html
Partis, Joanne. Hungry Harry
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Murray, Bruce. Mouth Moves and Gestures for Phonemes http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/mouthmoves.html