Victory With the V

Emergent Literacy Lesson Design

Margaret Payne


This lesson will help children identify /v/, the phoneme represented by V. Students will learn to recognize /v/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (flying a airplane) and the letter symbol V, practice finding /v/ in words, and apply phoneme awareness with /v/ in phonetic cue reading by distinguishing rhyming words from beginning letters.


Primary paper and pencil; word cards with VOW, VAN, VENT, VIPER, VISIT, VOCAL, VILLAGE, and VISIBLE; Blank paper for the students to draw their illustration.


1. Our written language is a secret code. The tricky part is learning what letters stand for – the mouth movements we make as we say words. Today we are going to work on spotting the mouth move /v/. We spell with the letter V. V looks like the wings on an airplane and sounds like one too.

2. Let’s pretend that we are the airplane plying around in the sky, /v/. Notice how your top teeth are touching your bottom lip as you make the sound. Your voice box is on.

3. Let me show you how to find the /c/ in the word love. I’m going to stretch love out in slow motion and listen for my airplane. Lll-o-o-v-ve. I can feel my teeth touching my bottom as I say the word love.

4. Let’s all try a tongue twister together. "Virginia visited Vicky and gave her violets and vegetables with vitamins." Now this time when we say it was are going to take out time and really stretch the /v/ out in all the words. "/V/irginia /v/isited and ga/v/e her /v/iolets and /v/egtables with /v/itamins."

5. Now we’re going to work on writing our capital V. As you start at the rooftop you are going to come down at a slant all the way to the sidewalk. After you touch your pencil on the sidewalk, you are going to then go back up at a slant to the rooftop. Okay if everyone thinks they have it, I want you to make ten more on your paper as I walk around to look.

6. As a class I will ask the students if they hear the /v/ sound in many different words. Do you hear the sound in very or berry, in violet or pilot, in vent or tent? I am going to tell the students that whenever they hear the /v/ sound to put their airplane wings up and act like they are flying.

7. For an assessment the students are to take their blank piece of paper and illustrate what we talked about the /v/ sound looking like. After they are all finished I will have them share their illustrations with the class.


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