Let’s Learn the Letter L

Emergent Literacy

Mandy Jones


Rationale: Children need to recognize and learn letters in order to be able to read. This lesson will enable children to identify /l/ in spoken words by learning the letter symbol as well as learning an important representation of the letter. The children will learn the phoneme /l/ by listening for it in spoken words as well as pronouncing it themselves. The children will also practice learning how to draw an L by writing the letter on primary paper.



Primary paper

Cutout letter L’s for each child


Alphabet chart

Dr. Suess’s ABC book by Dr. Seuss, published by Random House Children’s Books, 1988

Chart with tongue twister: Larry lizard loves to lick the lollipop.

Worksheet with pictures of animals: lion, rat lizard, bird, leopard, snake.



1. Begin by showing the children the letter L on the alphabet chart and pass out a cutout letter L to each child for them to hold. Express the /l/ sound then have each child practice making the sound. Recite the tongue twister from the chart while putting emphasis on the /l/ in each word. Ask "Can you think of any other word that starts with the letter L?" (Ex: land, like).

2. Provide primary paper and pencil for students. Explain "Now that we know what the L sounds like (repeat /l/), we can practice writing the L. Let’s write it on our paper." Model how to write an upper case L by explaining, "We start at the rooftop and draw a straight line all the way down to the sidewalk, then we draw a little bit shorter line to the right coming off from the big one. Next, model how to draw the lower case l by explaining "Now we are going to learn how to draw the lower case l. All you do is start at the rooftop and draw a straight line all the way down to the sidewalk." The children will practice writing it over and over on their paper.

3. Call on students to answer the following questions: "Do you hear /l/ in like or mike? Live or give? Small or big? Try to find the /l/ in these words. I want you to raise your letter L (cutout) whenever you hear the /l/. Recite the tongue twister from the chart and allow the children to recognize the sound by raising their cutout letter L.

4. Read Dr. Suess’s ABC book and when we get to the L’s allow the children to raise their cutouts when they hear the sound.



Students will be given a worksheet with a picture of a L on it at the top. Under the L, there will be pictures of different animals whose names begin with the L. The children will circle each picture of the animal whose name starts with a L. Ex. of pictures: lion, rat, lizard, bird, leopard, snake.



Aretha Holloway, Gorilla Girl Grows Green with the Letter G, http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/discov/hollowayel.html
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