Ollie the Octopus





Emergent literacy
Rebekah Woods


Rationale: In order for a child to become a successful reader they must be able to identify both the phonemes and graphemes for all the letters of the alphabet. In this lesson children will learn the phoneme /o/; represented by O. Students will recognize the /o/ in spoken words by learning meaningful representations (yawning), a tongue tickler, finding /o/ in spoken words, and completing a worksheet where they will have to identify the words that have the /o/ sound.



Chart with "Ollie the Octopus plays with Otters in October"
Primary Paper


Paper with a person yawning

Book: My "O" Sound Box

Worksheet with /o/ sounds

Paper with the letter "O"


I know that sometimes knowing which sound goes with what letter is tricky so today we are going to work on the letter O. (Show them the letter O on a piece of paper) The letter O sounds a lot like a yawn. (Demonstrate) Can you make the /o/ sound?


Next we are going to say a tongue tickler. (Bring out the poster board with the tongue twister) "Ollie the Octopus plays with Otters in October." Now we are going to say it together but we are going to stretch out all the o���s we hear. "Ooollie the oooctupus plays with oootters in Oooctober!"


Now I am going to say some words and I want you to tell me which one you hear the /o/ sound we have been practicing.
Do you hear /o/ in:
Sock or tin
Job or hard
Hot or pin
Pot or dug
Pod or broom

I am going to give you some paper and we are going to practice writing O���s. First I will demonstrate for you how to properly write a lowercase and uppercase "O." Now you try and write 5 of each.


The next activity you get to do is read, My "O" Sound Box. It is about a little boy who tries to find things in his house that have the /o/ sound. What will he find?


The last activity that you���re going to do is to look at the worksheet and draw a line to all the pictures that have a /o/ sound.


Bruce Murray.  Emergent Literacy Lesson. "Brush Your Teeth with F". http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/sightings/murrayel.html
Assessment worksheet:

My "O" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.


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