Liquefy Your Lemons for Lemonade


Megan O’Brien

Emergent Literacy Design

Rationale:  This lesson will help children identify /l/, the phoneme represented by L.  Students will learn to recognize /l/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (Liquefying the lemons in the blender).  It is important, in reading, for children to learn an easy way to remember the /l/ sound.  The children will develop a grapheme-phoneme correspondence for the phoneme /l/ through gestures, tongue-twisters, writing exercises, listening, and reading simple words.



Primary Paper


"The Little Ladybug Loves Leaves" chart

Cards with the words: lamp, mail, lizard, ball, lion, and little

Are You a Ladybug by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries (Kingfisher, 2003)

Worksheet with words beginning with the letter L (URL below)



     1.  Say:  There are many letters that make up the alphabet.  In fact, there are twenty-six in all!  Sometimes it is hard to remember the sound each letter makes.  Today we are going to focus on /l/.  Does anybody know what letter the /l/ sound makes?  The /l/ sound represents the letter L.  L looks like lemons being swirled around in a blender, and /l/ sound like the sound the blender makes. 


     2.  Let’s pretend like we are blending some lemons so we can make lemonade, /l/, /l/, /l/.  (Have the students put their hands in a fist and turn it around in fast circles to imitate the shake in the blender).  When you make the /l/ sound, does your tongue touch the top of your mouth?  That’s right!  When we say /l/, we press our tongue to the top of our mouth, right behind our top teeth.


     3.  Let’s try and say some words to see if we hear the /l/ sound.  When I say the word, I am going to stretch the word out very slowly so you can listen and see if you hear the /l/ sound of the blender.  Listen carefully, yyyeeelllooow.  Did you hear the /l/ sound in the word yellow?  That’s right!  In the middle of the word yellow, my tongue moved to the top of my mouth so I could make the /l/ sound. 


     4.  Let’s practice saying a tongue twister to help us remember words that start with L (chart).  I am going to say the sentence first, and then I want everybody to say it with me.  "The little ladybug loves leaves."  Now, let’s say it together and we are going to say all of the L’s very slowly like we are blending our shakes.  "The lllittle llladybug llloves llleaves."  Great job!  What words did you hear the /l/ sound in? (Little, ladybug, loves, and leaves).  That’s right, all of those words started with the letter L. 


     5.  Give children lined primary paper and pencils.  Say:  Now we are going to practice writing upper-case and lower-case letter L’s.  First, we are going to write an upper-case L.  We are going to start with our pencil at the very top, the rooftop that is!  Then, our pencil is going to slide down a straight line down, through the fence, and stop at the sidewalk.  Last, we are going to make our pencil take a short step along the sidewalk, and that’s how you write an upper-case L!  Everybody, use your pencils to draw ten upper-case L’s.  (Allow time for students to work on writing upper-case L’s).  Next, we are going to write a lower-case L.  The lower-case L is one of the easiest letters to write.  We are going to start with our pencil at the top of the rooftop, and then we are going to slide our pencil straight through the fence and stop at the sidewalk.  Everybody, practice writing ten lower-case L’s. 


     6.  I am going to read some words out loud, and I want you to tell me if you hear the /l/ sound in the beginning of the word, the middle, or the end.  For example, if the word was lamp the /l/ sound is at the beginning of the word.  (I will hold up cards with the words on them and have the students tell me where they hear the /l/ sound in the word).  Where do you hear /l/ in the word mail?  Where do you hear /l/ in the word lizard?  Where do you hear /l/ in the word ball?  Where do you hear /l/ in the word lion?  This next word is tricky.  Let’s see if you can hear the /l/ sound in more than one place.  Where do you hear the /l/ in the word little?


     7.  I will read Are You a Ladybug by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries.  Book talk:  Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a ladybug?  Would you stay with your mother or father?  Would you roam around all by yourself?  Let’s read the book to find out what it is like to be a lovely ladybug!  I will ask the students to listen for the words with the /l/ sound and to put their hands in a fist and turn them around in fast circles when they hear the words that have /l/ in them. 


     8.  I will assess the students' knowledge by having them complete a worksheet where they have to listen for the /l/ sound in each word and then they can color the pictures of the L words. 



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