Dazzling D’s and Buzzing
students can get d’s and b’s confused. Being able to recognize the letter correctly
is vital. This lesson will help children
know the difference between D and B by practice and direct instruction.
Materials: The letter
tiles b, d, a, y, e, o; Elkonin boxes,
a writing tablet and pencils, draw erase board and markers, and Dr.
book published by Random House.
- Explain what we will be working on
today. Introduce the letters to the
students. Sometimes we can get confused
when writing with the letters b and d. But we can do it!
- Let’s review the lines on your paper. The line at the top that is solid we call the
sky. The line in the middle that is dotted
is the fence. The line at the bottom that
is solid is the ground.
- Now I’m going to show you how to write
the letters. Okay, watch me as I write the
letters on the board. Eyes on ME! For a lowercase d make a
little c then a straight line done to make a little d. Now is your chance to
practice. Get out your paper and pencils
and try with me. Students practice. As they practice, I’ll walk around and help
the students that are having trouble. We
will do the same procedure except with the lowercase b. Start at the sky, go down, b-bounce up an
around. That might be a little confusing,
but lets practice and see how we do.
- Let’s think of as many words that
begin with the letter d and I’ll write them on the
board. Do the same with the letter b. When we get about six
words for each letter, I’m going to point to a letter and I want you to
tell me which letter it is, d or b.
Correct when they answer wrong.
- Get out Elkonin Boxes (2) and practice
spelling this word. The first word is be.
Let’s see who got it right. Wonderful! Add a box. Next
word is dog. Who’s
finished? Everyone did great!
We are going to try some more. The
next word is bay. Let’s see
who got it first. Great job!
Next word is day. All
right, who was first? Can anyone think of
a sentence using any of these words. Raise
your hand and tell me so I can write them on the board.
- Model how to make the letter’s d and b with string.
Model: Cut a longer piece of string and a shorter piece of
string to demonstrate a b and d.
- Read the section of Dr. Seuss’s book
with the letter’s b and d and have
them point out words using both of the letters.
- Have a list of words (bad, bib, bud,
dub, did, dad) and ask them to circle the words that start with b and d. They
will turn in the paper and I’ll determine where more help is needed.
and Murray, B. (1998). The
Letterbox Lesson. Auburn
University: The Reading Teacher (pp. 1-4).
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