Blair Brewer

Bodacious B’s and Dynamic D’s
Emergent Literacy

Rationale: Lots of children get B’s and D’s mixed up.  This concept must be practiced by identifying B’s and D’s in the book or in sentences. This lesson is designed to help children learn the difference between B and D.

Materials:  Elkonin boxes; the letters a, b, d, e; writing tablet; overhead projector; transparency and markers to write on transparency; Bud the Sub Phonics Readers © 1990 Educational Insights.

Procedures:
1. [Explain to the students what you are going to do.] Introduce the letters B and D.  The key to this lesson is practice.  Knowing the difference between b and d is hard, but practice will help you.
2. [Tell the students to look and listen.]  We are going to write the letter B. Get out your paper and pencil.  First watch me.  Start at the rooftop, go down to the sidewalk and bounce around.  I will let the students try now.  Is anybody having trouble?  Raise your hand if you need help.  [I will go around and check each one.  I repeat the exercise except we will write a d.  I will tell the students first little c, then d.]
3. [Turn overhead on.] I will write some words on the overhead.  Raise your hand and tell me if I am pointing to a, b, or d.  [I will tell them if they are right and then I will read the word out loud.]
4. (Pass out 2-cell Elkonin boxes)  Let’s use the letter boxes and letters to spell some words.  The first word is Ed.  Spell Ed in your box.  Can anyone come up here and spell it on the overhead for me?  (Pick someone to come show the class how to spell Ed) (I will do the word ad, and be the same way.  I will make up a sentence to go with each word to help them distinguish between the words.)
5. (We will make a d with our hands then a b.) (I will explain how to make it. Start with your left hand, make the letter a.)
6. (I will read Bud the Sub.  I will have the students point our which words have B’s and D’s in them)

Reference:
Lensniak, T. and Murray, B. (1998).  The Letterbox Lesson.  Auburn University:  The  Reading Teacher (pp 3-5).

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