Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!

Kimberly Barton

Emergent Literacy

Rationale: Letter Recognition is one of the factors that are a predictor of a child’s readiness to read. It is imperative that a child is able to recognize letters and the phonemes that they produce. Students will be able to recognize the grapheme G in its upper and lower case form. They will also be able to produce the corresponding sound for the letter lgl.


Picture of person drinking a glass of milk

Marker board/ smart board/ chalk board

Pictures of objects with and without lgl

Three sentence strips with tongue twisters written on them

Primary paper


Handouts with pictures of objects


  1. Who can tell me what sound our throats make when we are so thirsty and quickly drink a glass of cold milk? Gulp Gulp Gulp! Right! This is the same sound the letter G makes when we read it in a word.
  2. Go over how what shape your mouth makes and how the back of your throat moves when making the sound for G.
  3.  Allow the students to make the “gulp gulp” sound while raising a glass to their mouth.
  4. In order to assess the students’ prior knowledge of the sound g, I will ask the students what words they know that have the sound lgl in them. Places, people, objects, animals, anything they can think of. I will write them on the board so the students can visually see me write the letter g with other graphemes.
  5. If the student gives an incorrect word, I will applaud the student for the effort but tell him or her the correct phoneme they used and point out that the sound lgl is not in the word.
  6. I will then hold up pictures of objects that include the sound lgl and also pictures that do not include it. We will say the name of the object all together and then the students will tell me if the lgl is in this word.
  7. We will read sentence strips with tongue twisters stressing the sound lgl.

Greg gave the goat some grapes in the garden.

(Gggggreggg ggggave the gggggoat some gggggrapes in the gggggarden.)

Gabe got the group to go to the grocery store.

(Ggggabe ggggot the ggggroup to ggggo to the ggggrocery store.)

Gifts are great to give to grumpy Gary.

(Ggggifts are ggggreat to gggive to gggrumpy Ggggary.)

  1. “Now let’s practice writing the letter g. I bet you all can make beautiful g’s!” I will hand out primary paper to each student. “When writing the upper case G, you start at the rooftop, make a curve past the fence, and then hit the sidewalk, and go back to the fence, where you will make a flat line. Great job friends! Now let’s practice the lower case letter g. You will only stay below the fence this time. You start at the fence and make a little circle, by going down to the sidewalk and back up to the fence. Then, starting at the fence on the right side of the circle, you dip down past the side walk, make a curve and go back up to the sidewalk.”
  2. Assessment: The students will be given a worksheet with different objects on it. The students will be asked the circle every object with the sound lgl in it. If they would like, they students can write the name of the object next to the picture.   


Murray, Bruce. The Reading Genie.

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