Emergent Literacy Design
That Tricky Letter T
Kendall Goodwin

Rationale     It is important for children to learn the letters of the alphabet and how they look and sound so that they will be able to go on reading the letters they have learned.  The goal of this lesson is to teach the children one of the letters of the alphabet.  The letter I chose to teach is T. The children will learn how to write the letter T and the phoneme /t/. I believe that it is important for the children to accomplish this goal so that they will be able to read words that have the letter T in them. I hope that by the end of this lesson they will be able to recognize the letter T and how it's phoneme.

Materials Needed:
- Worksheet
- Dry erase board and markers
-"The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist" --- Berenstain
- Picture cards

Procedure:

1.  Begin by doing a review of the letter A-S. Today boys and girls we are going to learn the letter T, but first we are going to review the letters we have already learned. Let's start by singing the ABC's song.

2. Write the letter t on the board. Explain that the letter t makes the /t/ sound.  Say the word top by emphasizing the initial /t/ sound. Ask children to identify the sound they hear at the beginning of the word. Next, say the word rat. Ask children to identify the sound they hear at the end of the word. You can also use words with t in the medial position, such as little and attack, to see if children can identify the /t/ and its position.

3. Have children practice saying the /t/ sound. Show children the picture cards listed below one at a time. Have them say the word and clap if it contains the /t/ sound.
Word list: tub, toothbrush, mat, bottle, house, sock, bat, horse, soap, and table.

Write the letter T on the board. Point out the capital T and the small t. Introduce writing upper- and lowercase t by first modeling how it is done. Talk them through each stroke by saying:
Uppercase
Beginning point. Straight down. Beginning point. Straight across. That makes capital T.
Lowercase
Beginning point. Straight down. Lower. Straight across. That makes small t.

Next, have children "sky write" the letter t in both upper- and lowercase and, as you do, give the instructions aloud.

4.  Have students go to the carpet.  Read "The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist" --- Berenstain. Have the students say how many words they heard that begin with the letter T and list them on the dry erase board.

5. Then sing this sound to the students:

(tune of Row, Row Row your Boat)
AT LEAST TWO TIMES A DAY.
CLEANING, CLEANING CLEANING, CLEANING,
FIGHTING TOOTH DECAY.

EVERY SINGLE DAY.
GENTLY, GENTLY, GENTLY GENTLY,
WHISKING PLAQUE AWAY.