Hungry, Hungry, Howie

By: Lauren Mitchum

Emergent Reading


Students will be identifying letters and the phonemes that the letter represents.  This lesson will teach students to recognize the letter h in print as well as teach them the phoneme /h/ in words.  The goal for this lesson is for students to learn the way to write the letter h and be able to listen and say the phoneme in spoken words.




Primary Paper


Cut out the capital letter H, and lowercase h

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, Aladdin; reprint edition (April 1, 2002)

Hungry Harry  by Partis, Joanne, Little Tiger Press (4 April 2005)

Poster with Howie Hums happily home

Pictures of a home, humming bird, hunter, hat, and hook

Assessment paper and crayons



1.Begin by reviewing the previous consonant or vowel that was taught. This will be done by having the students complete a worksheet where they will circle the objects with the correspondence from the previous lesson.  Have students review several review words to clarify and confusion or misunderstanding. 

 2.Introduce the Hungry, Hungry Howie title and see if the students can guess what letter we will be learning about.  After students figure out the letter write the letter H and h on the board.  Have students say h and place their hands on their jaw to feel it move as they say it.

3.Ask the class if any of their names have the letter h in it.  Write those students name on the board and circle the letter h in each name.  The letter h says      /h/.  Show students several pictures of objects that have the letter h in it.  For example: home, hat, hook, hunter and humming bird.

4.Ask students if the ever noticed a dog panting after running around.  They stick their tongue out and make panting noise.  (Give example)  Now I want          everyone to pretend that you are a dog and make the panting noise.  Do you notice what sound you are making?  The panting sounds like you're making       the letter h.

     5.Let's try our tongue twister now.  (Read from pre-made poster) "Howie hums happily home."  Can you say it with me?  (Cue students with a 1-2-3                  count so everyone says it together)  Now let's stretch out the /h/ every time you hear the /h/ sound.  Hhhhowie hhhums hhhhhapily hhhome.   Let's try it          all together. (cues class again)  Great job!  Lets try it another way.  Try and break off the /h/ sound from each word like this:  /H/owie /h/ums /h/appily              /h/ome. Good Job!

    6.[Have students take out primary paper and pencil.]  [Place the cut outs of the capital H and the lowercase h on the board].  You can use the letter h to spell     /h/.  Let's start with the capital letter H.  (Write letter on board while giving explanation to students).  "We go down for a will, down for another wall and then     cross at the fence".  Now try it on your paper.  I will walk around to see your capital H.  Now for a lowercase h, (go back to board and demonstrate while         explaining) start at the rooftop and come straight down to the sidewalk, and make a hump to the fence and down to the sidewalk.  Now try it on your paper.      (Walk around to see that each student understands the correct way to write a capital H and a lowercase h, have the students write 5 more capital H's on the     first line and five more lowercase h's on the second line.

    7.Now I'm going to ask you some questions.  Raise your hand and wait for me to call on you if you think you know the answer. [Model how the first one for     the students] Do you hear /h/ in house or cabin?  Hop or jump?  Hard or soft?  Cold or hot?  If students do not understand, return to tongue twister and have     them pant like a dog every time they hear the /h/ sound.

    8.Book Introduction:
 A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  (Do brief book talk)  This hermit crab suddenly realizes that he has outgrown his shell s he goes on an adventure to find a new shell that fits him just right.  Now how many of you would like to read the rest of the book to figure out if he finds the "perfect shell'?  As I read the story I way each of you to make your 'panting dog face' every time you hear /h/ sound. If you could design your own shell, write about what it would look like. Use invented spelling for your writing assignment.

   9. Formal Assessment:
Distribute worksheets with pictures of several different pictures and assist students in naming all the objects.  Have students color each picture that they think have the /h/.




      A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, Aladdin; reprint edition (April 1, 2005)


      Henry Hhhowls by Sarah Smelley


      Hip Hop by Jenny Duval

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