Blowing Bubbles with b
This lesson is for students to get an understanding of how to say the
phoneme /b/ which is represented by B.
This lesson will help students improve their ability to recognize the
letter b when they see it in
their reading. Students often confuse the letter b and the letter d, so this way students will have a
method to remember the letter b
and the sound that it makes. The lesson will give them a way to
remember the sound by giving them the hand motion of blowing bubbles
and reminding them that the motion that you make blowing bubbles is the
same that you make when you are making the sound of the letter b. The lesson will include
fun activities with bubbles and a children's literature book that is
fun and reiterates the sound of the letter b. Students will practice
finding /b/ in words and learn to associate the representation of
blowing bubbles with the letter B.
The students will also practice writing the uppercase and lowercase
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
bubble blowing wand
What Begins with B? Worksheet. Kid Zone
1. Say: “We have all been learning our alphabet for a long time.
Sometimes it can get tricky remembering which sound goes along with
which letter. Our mouth moves a certain way when we say each
letter. Today we are going to be working on the letter B (draw letter B on the board). Does anyone
know what sound the letter B
makes? We make the sound /b/ when we see the letter B. Just like the letter B looks like two bubbles, we will
be blowing bubbles with B
when we make the sound /b/. “The teacher will act like she is holding
up a bubble blowing wand and say /b/ like she is blowing a
bubble. “The letter B
looks like two bubbles and we make the same sound when we blow bubbles
as when we say /b/.”
2. Let's pretend we are blowing bubbles. Notice that you are
closing your lips together and blowing air out, just like you do when
you are blowing a bubble. Let's all practice that together (get
the class to practice blowing bubbles with /b/ about four times and
hold up hand like you are holding a bubble wand.
3. Let me show you how to find /b/ in the word scrub. I'm going to stretch
out scrub in slow motion and
watch for when I blow the bubble. Ssss-ccc-rrr-uuu-bbbb. It was
at the end! My lips came together and blew air out just like I
was blowing a bubble. I blow the bubble at the end of the word scrub.
4. “Let's say a tongue twister together about bubbles. Billy blew
bubbles in the bathtub. Let’s all saw it together and hold up our
bubble wands when we say /b/ in each of the words. " Bbbilly bbbblew bbbbbubbbles in the
bbbbbathtubbb." Let’s say all of the words again and break
off the sound /b/ in the words: /b/ illy
/b/lew /b/ u/b//b/les in the /b/athtu/b/. “
5. Draw the lines of the primary paper on the dry erase board.
Show the students how to draw the uppercase letter B and then the lowercase letter b. "Watch how I make the
bubble wand and then I draw two bubbles on top of each other for the
uppercase B. To make
the lowercase b I draw the
wand and then one bubble at the bottom. Pass out the primary
paper to the students and tell them, "Now I want to see all of you draw
the uppercase B and the
lowercase b together. Start
by drawing a straight line at the rooftop and draw a straight line down
to the sidewalk. Then, go back up on the same line to the
sidewalk and draw one bubble and then another bubble beneath that
one. You will stop once you get back to the line that you draw
first. Then, for the lowercase b
I want you to draw a line from the rooftop and then down to the
sidewalk. Go back up that line a little less than halfway and
draw a bubble that curves around to the line you just made. I
will walk around as you draw five uppercase B's and 5 lowercase b's.
7. "When I call out words with B
in them I want you to blow a bubble as you say the letter." I
will call out the words: dance, cab,
bug, door, bath, tug, book,
ring, best (see if students are hearing the sound /b/ in the
words, and making the /b/ sound at the right time).
8. Go to the reading corner to read the book King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood. "What is one place that you see lots of bubbles?
That's right, in the bathtub! How many of ya'll love to take
baths? How many of ya'll hate to take a bath? Today we are
going to read this book about King Bidgood in the bathtub. King
Bidgood loves to take baths but the problem is no one can get him
out! Let’s see if they are ever able to talk him into getting
out! While we read, let's listen for words that we blow bubbles
with b. After each page
we will talk about some of the words that we heard and write them up on
the board. "Talk about the book afterwards and how King Bidgood would
not get out of the bathtub. Talk about how many bubbles you heard
with all of the /b/ sounds that you heard in words.
9. Write the word BEN and
show how to decide if it is ben
or den: I can see the
letter B, which tells me that
I am going to blow bubbles when I say it. You can try some now: BALL: ball or call? BEND: bend or send? BAT: bat or sat?
BAKE: bake or cake? Teacher will call students and get
them to answer which word they hear the sound /b/.
10. To assess what the students learned the teacher will give out a
worksheet with various pictures on them. Students will color the
pictures that start with B
and fill in the letter b in
the words beneath the picture. If time permits, let students draw
a picture of King Bidgood and draw bubbles with a few of the words that
they heard in the book with the sound /b/.
Simpson, Cassie. "The B Beat." http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/odysseys/simpsonel.html
Kid Zone Worksheet. "What Begins With B?" http://www.kidzone.ws/kindergarten/b-begins2.html
Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. Scholastic Inc. 1985.
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