P says Pigs Popsicles and Popcorn!

Emergent Literacy

Ali Long


Rationale: Letter recognition and Phonemic awareness are both extremely important for students who are learning to be good readers.  Understanding the relation between graphemes and its corresponding phoneme is often difficult for beginning readers.  This lesson will help students recognize the letter p and the sound that p makes.



Kleenex tissue


Chart paper

1 sheet of primary paper

P worksheet

Poster of the letter P made with popsicle sticks, popcorn, pennies and pigs.

Read book, If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Tounge tickler, "Peter put pepper on his popped popcorn." on chart paper.




1.  Today, we are going to practice writing the lower case letter p and making the p sound /p/.

2.  Can anyone come up to the chart paper and show me what a lower case p looks like?  Very good! This is a p.  This is the correct way to write a p.  Start at the fence, go straight down into the ditch, come up and put his chin on the sidewalk.

3.  Now that we know how to write a p, I would like to you all to practice writing a p the same way we just practiced together 10 times on your primary paper.

4. Show students the poster board of p's made with different things that start with p. (pennies, popcorn, popsicle sticks, and pigs). Explain that these are all words that start with p.

5.  Can anyone tell me what sound a p makes? That's right! P says /p/. Everyone watch my lips.  Pucker your lips and press them together and then blow out a sudden blast of air.  Very good!!

6.  Lets practicing making the /p/ sound. Take the Kleenex on your desk and hold it with one hand in front of your mouth. (Demonstrate the action). When you make the /p/ sound your tissue should fly up because of the air you blow out.  Practice the sound and observe students to make sure their tissue is flying and they are saying the sound correctly.

7.  Now we are going to read a tongue tickler with the letter p!  Every time you  see the letter p in the words say the sound very loud and stretch it out.  I will do it first to show you.  Example, Ppppeter the pppig ppput pppopppcorn in pppails.  I will do it with you. Have the students read it twice.  Next, have them read the sentence with the /p/ sound into the tissue.

8.  Raise your hand when you hear p in the following words, (Pig or dig) (park or word) (king or prince) (lift or pit)?

9.  Give students the worksheet where they have to draw a line from the letter p to the objects that start with the /p/ sound.

10. We will read aloud the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Give a short book talk. There is a pig staying at the house and he says that all he wants is a pancake, but once he is given a pancake he wants more and more!  Lets read to find out what they do to satisfy the pig and his cravings!  Choose certain pages where the students can read along emphasizing the p sound.

11.  Assess students informally by watching for the ability to make the /p/ sound into the tissue, and put a check by the students name if they can.  Students can also be assessed from their work on the worksheet.





Bagwell, Allison. Popcorn with Letter P.



Kidzone Fun Facts For Kids.



The Reading Genie

Dr. Bruce Murray, Reading Genie, http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/letters.html