GGGreen GGGorillas

Emergent Literacy

Lindsey Goodwyn


Rationale: This lesson will help children identify the letter /g/ and the sound that it makes. Students will learn that the letter /g/ can be found in the beginning, middle, or end of a word. Students will learn to recognize the sound it makes through spoken words, symbols, written words, and poems. During this lesson, students will be assessed through observation and by completing a worksheet at the end.


Picture of Camel drinking a coca-cola

Overhead Projector/Chalkboard/Dry Erase Board/Smart Board

Chalk/Dry Erase Markers

Primary Paper for each student

Pencil for each student

Poem: Bugs on My Rug

Book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960)

Enchanted Learning Assessment Worksheet per student



1. Explain that we are going to learn all about the letter /g/ so that when we hear or see it we will know everything about it! First we will look at a picture of a camel drinking a coca-cola. What kind of sound do you think this camel's throat is making while he is drinking this coca-cola? Sometimes when I finish exercising or playing a game I get really thirsty so I drink my water really fast and my throat makes a guh, guh, gulp sound. Have you ever heard that sound before?

2. Well the letter /g/ also makes this guh, guh, gulp sound. Let's practice making this sound together--guh, guh, gulp. Now let's pretend we are drinking a coke too and make the /g/ sound again. Watch me do it first and then you try it with me. (Pretend to drink a coke)

3. Next try the hand sign with this tongue tickler: Repeat it after me. "The green gorilla saw a great scary ghost!" Now let's try and to stretch out all of the g's we hear in the tongue tickler. "The gggreen gggorilla saw a gggreat scary ggghost!"

4. Now that they are able to recognize /g/ at the beginning of words it is time to focus on the middle and ends of words. Read this poem and have the students silently show with their hand symbol when they hear the /g/ sound.

Bugs on My Rug by Karen McGuigan Brothers

Here's a bug, and there's a bug. They're in my bed, and on my rug. They're crawling up, and crawling down. I wish these bugs would leave my town.

5. Ask the students to get out their primary paper and pencils to practice writing the letter g. First model on the board so everyone can see how to write the upper case letter g. We need to start by making a /c/ that touches the rooftop goes all the way down to touch the sidewalk and up to hang on to the fence. Next add a line across the fence to look like you are resting a tray on the fence. Then model the lowercase /g/. Start by making a circle that touches the bottom of the fence and the top of the sidewalk. Then add a hook into the ditch like this.

6. Next Dr. Seuss' book, Green Eggs and Ham. Start by giving a book talk: This book is about a character that doesn't want to try Sam-I-Am's green eggs and ham. He keeps on explaining that he will never, ever try them. To see if he finally tastes them we need to read the book. Also tell the students to be listening for words that contain the guh, guh (/g/) we have been talking about. When we finish reading the book make a list together on the board of all the words we heard containing /g/.

7. To assess the students and wrap up the lesson provide each student with a worksheet. Each worksheet should have pictures of objects. Ask them to color the objects that contain /g/. Model how to do the first one together and then let them finish the rest on their own. On the worksheet you could have pictures such as a car, grapes, apple, goat, gate, and wrench and let them color the ones that have the /g/ sound.



Karen McGuigan Brothers Poem:

Picture of Camel:

G-G-Gulp! By Abby Watts (Emergent Literacy Design):


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