Pretty P

Emergent Lesson Plan

                                                                                                              Catherine Moore



In order for children to become successful readers and writers, children need to become phonemically aware.  This lesson plan will help the children learn to hear and recognize the phoneme /p/.  Having the children understand that letters stand for phonemes will help the children to read and spell words using.



Lined paper and pencil. 

If you Give a Pig a Pancake By:

Pictures of a Dog, Pizza, pie.

Worksheet that contains pictures of pill, hill, can, pot, plant, popcorn, fish, hair, wood.




1) Introduce the lesson by explaining that words are made up of individual letters that have sounds called phonemes.  Today we are going to work on recognizing the letter and sound of p.  A lot of words start with the letter p and after this lesson you will become aware of many. 


2) Ask the students if they have ever heard the sound a motorcycle makes.  Then demonstrate by making motorcycle movements with your hands and making the p sound over and over.  Ask the students what movement did their mouth make to make that sound?


3) Tell the students to listen to this tongue twister carefully because you are going to repeat it for me.  Pretty pigs eat pots of peas.  Have the students repeat the tongue twister three times but elongate the sound p, then, on the third time tell them you want them to make a motorcycle movement every time they here the letter p. 


4) Have the students get out their pencil and paper.  Tell them that we are going to write the letter p.  I will write it first and then I want you to write it.  As the teacher writes the letter p she will explain to the children to start at the fence go under the sidewalk and back up to the fence and then connect with a loop.    Have the students repeat this process nine more times.


5) Then tell the children we are going to play a game.  I am going say two words then I and going to show a picture, I want someone to raise their hand and tell me if which word is the picture I am holding up and why. 

Pet and Net then show a picture of a Dog

Pie and Apple then show a picture of a pie

Pizza or a Banana then show a picture of a pizza.


6) Read the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  Read the story to the children.  Read it again but this time, ask the children to make the motorcycle movement when they hear and see the letter p. 


 For assessment:  

Pass out a work sheet that has two pictures for each problem.  Ask the children to circle the picture that starts with the letter p.  Pictures will consist of a pill, hill, can, pot, plant, popcorn, fish, hair, wood.



Numeroff, L.  If you Give a Pig a Pancake. Harper Collins Publishers.

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