Our Glittery Growing Garden!


Emergent Readers Design

By Lauren Faucett

Grade Level: Kindergarten, 1

Rationale: Before a child is able to read or write, he/she must be able to identify phonemes and the letters which represent them.  This lesson will teach students to represent the phoneme /g/ in speech and the letter G in written language.  This lesson will help students recognize and respond to the sound of the letter G. Students create green, glittered G's on popsicle sticks.


1. Introduce the letter Gg to students by pointing to it on the alphabet chart. Express the G sound. Recite words that begin with the letter G and emphasize the G sound while doing so. Ask students if they can think of other words that begin with the G sound. "Alright, now we are going to learn about the letter G. Does anyone know what sound the letter G makes?  'Guh,' great, like when you are gulping a drink, guh! Like garden, grass, grapes, gone.... Can you think of some other words that start with that G sound? What about song or cart, do you hear the 'guh' sound in those words? No right, they don't start with that 'guh' sound."

2. Refer to the sample of what the students will be making (letter G covered in green glitter). Explain the directions and continue to emphasize the G sound (glue, green, glitter). " Today we are going to decorate our 'G's' with green glitter, using glue, there are three G words right there!" Pass out the materials (letter G's, glue, glitter, and popsicle sticks).

3. Have students dip their index fingers into the glue and trace the pre-cut letter G with the glue. [Students should have handi-wipes available on their desks.]
" You are going to dip your finger in the glue and trace the letter G; go around the garden, walk up and into the middle."

4. Next, have students sprinkle green glitter onto the glue. Excess glitter should be shaken into the trash or back into the container of glitter.

5. Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry and then have each student glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the letter.

6. When all of the letters are finished, read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. The students are going to pretend to be something green that grows (whatever they want to imagine). They will crouch down next to their desks as the story is read. Students will need to listen carefully to the story. Every time a word that begins with the G sound is said, the children should hold their letter G’s up in the air, stand up, and pretend to be growing.
"Alright, now I want each of you to crouch down next to your desk, and I'm going to read you this wonderful book, Plating a Rainbow . Whenever you hear me read a word that starts with that  G sound, like you are gulping a drink, I want you to hold up your G a little hiugher as you are growing like something green that grows in your garden! Lets practice, I'm going to say some words and you tyr with me!" 

Assessment: The students will be given a worksheet from the useful web site below that instructs them to color in different “g’s” depending on the specific directions given and to circle each picture if they hear the sound of letter “g - guh”


Jennifer Pegues, Slithering S. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/begin/peguesel.html

Ehlert, Lois. Planting a Rainbow. Voyager Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 1992)

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