Huffing H

Beginning Literacy

By Vicki Burns



 In order for children to learn how to read and spell words, they must first be able to understand phonemic awareness.  To make each phoneme memorable, we teach phonemes one at a time.  Students need the alphabetic insight that letters stand for phonemes and spellings map out phonemes in spoken words.  This lesson focuses on the /h/ sound made by the letter h.  The student  will learn by seeing a picture with the /h/ sound that has the letter h too.  Then we will do several activities to find the /h/ sound.



Picture with the /h/ sound wolf huffing, primary paper, pencils, worksheets for assessment that has children circle words with the /h/ sound, and The Three Little Pigs book by Paul Galdone.  Published by Clarion Books; Reprint edition (April 23, 1984).



Explain to students that our language is made up of many interesting sounds.  Continue by saying that each letter has one or more sounds for us to learn.  I would say, "Today, we are going to learn about the /h/ sound made by the letter h.  It is usually a quiet sound, but today we will be able to master this sound.". 


Have you heard the story about the wolf and the three little pigs?  The wolf huuuuffs and huuuuuffs (draw out the /h/ sound to demonstrate the mouth placement for the children) to blow the pigs' houses down.  (Then I will hold up the picture.)  Let's all pretend that we are the big bad wolf trying to huuuuuf the pigs' house down by drawing out the /h/ sound.  So take a big breath and get ready to use the /h/ sound.


"Let's try huffing the following tongue twister; I'll say it first while you listen.  Herald helps holding his ham.  Good listening.  Now, let's all try.  Very good.  This time, let's draw out our /h/ sound by acting like the wolf.  Hhhhherald hhhhhelps hhhhholding hhhhhis hhhhham.  Great job sounding out that tongue twister".


(Pass out primary paper and have students pull out a pencil)  "Since we have mastered the sound /h/, let's spell words with the letter h together.  Everyone watch me.  First, start at the rooftop and come all the way down and hump over landing on the sidewalk.  Now I would like you to practice writing one letter h on your primary paper.  After I put one sticker on your page, please continue by writing two lines of h's.  Remember to sound out /h/ quietly as you write down your h's on the page.


Great job writing you h's!  Let's put on our thinking caps and listen for the /h/ sound.  I'll show you how I would find the /h/ sound in the word home.  I would sound it out slowly like h-h-h-h-home.  Yes, I did hear the /h/ sound in home. 

Now it's your turn.  Put your hands around your mouth (like you're huffing a house down or calling someone from far away) when you hear the /h/ sound.  Good job finding the /h/ sound.


Book talk for The Three Little Pigs would be me saying,  "As you know, there are three little pigs that start building houses.  Some of the pigs are lazy and do not spend time building a quality house.  A hungry wolf comes and wants to huff the pigs' house down so he could eat them.  Let's see who comes on top at the end of the book".  Remind the students to put their hands around your mouth when they hear the /h/ sound.


I will assess the students understanding of the /h/ sound by asking them to complete a worksheet.  They will circle the pictures that have the /h/ sound on the first page.  Then, the students will practice writing the letter h ten times on the second page.  Finally the students will circle the words with the letter h on the last page. 



Hurry Hurry! by Amy Berger


The Cat in the Hat by Carlie Larson


Baaa Baaa Black Sheep Have you any Wool?  By Audrey Stockdale


Galdone, Paul.  The Three Little Pigs.  Clarion Books; Reprint edition (April 23, 1984). 



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