N is for  Nest!
Emergent Literacy

 Erin Dyle

Rationale: The two greatest factors in learning to read are letter recognition and phonemic awareness. The goal of this lesson is to introduce a letter of the alphabet. The letter we will be looking at and discussing is N. I will demonstrate the creation of the upper case N and the lower case n. I will also teach the students the sound the letter n makes while alone free from combination. I hope for the children to write and recognize both lower and uppercase N

The Best Nest! by P. D. Eastman

Dry Erase board
dry erase markers
Primary Paper
 Flash cards with upper and lower case letters of letters already learned

Picture page with pictures of a nest, nail, hammer, phone, camera, calendar page of November, noose, number 9, nuts, and apple.



  1. “Who can tell me what makes up a word? Yes that’s right! Letters.  In our alphabet we have twenty-six letters. Why do we use letters?  Awesome, That’s right! We use letters to make words and use words to read.  We want to be great readers so let’s practice hard!
  2. Let’s review some letters that I know you all know!” For review students would sing the alphabet song while I pointed to the letters on the alphabet strip in the classroom.  I would review with Flash cards with upper and lower case letters on them with pictures to represent the letter.
  3. Today we are going to learn a new letter; we are going to learn the letter N.  I’m going to read you a story that has a lot of N’s in it.  This story is about two birds that go on the hunt for a new Nest!  They search long and hard and even get separated from each other.  To see if they get back and find a good new nest, let’s read The Best Nest.
  4. “When we say /n/ sound we want to make our race car signal that sounds like a car going fast!” So when we say /n/ we do this (I model holding on the steering wheel and making the /n/ sound).  The toungue twister is “Nancy knew she needed a new nest.”
  5. “Now that everyone has got our /n/ sound that N makes. Let’s practice writing our new letter.  I will demonstrate the letter N, upper case. While I am making the letter N, I will tell the students the position of the different lines using the sky, fence, and ground. The students will have already learned how to create other letters using this method.  “For an upper case N we start at the sky and go straight down to the ground. Then we start back at the sky following the mountain down to the ground and straight back up to the sky.” Students will practice writing for 5 times.  While they are working I will walk around and help any students that may be confused. After everyone has their 5 letters I will model the lower case letter. “Ok everyone, let’s learn now how to do our lower case letter n.  For little n we start at the fence and go straight down to the ground and bounce back up to the fence and see a hill and go back down to the ground.” Students practice this just like with the upper case letter.
  6. At this point I will have students listen to the story “The Best Nest”.  While reading I will have the students do the “race car” signal when they see or hear the letter N in the story.



 I will hand them cards to lay out if they have something on it that starts with N.


Parker, Jessica.  Reading Genie Website, Bruce Murray.  http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/constr/parkerel.html

Any questions please email Erin Dyle

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