B’s and Dribbling D’s
Beginning readers will become fluent readers by recognizing letters and the sounds that accompany them. Often many beginning readers have trouble with the letters b and d because they look alike. For beginning readers who have difficulty with recognizing these letters often mix them up causing the student to pronounce a word wrong. In this lesson, children will have a chance to gain a better understanding of the letters b and d. They will have the opportunity to read and write, pronounce and hear these letters.
Marker and Eraser
Pink Index Cards - Print b on index card and attach to popsicle stick (1 for each student)
Purple Index Cards – Print d on index card and attach to popsicle stick (1 for each student)
Printed Pictures of ball, box, baker, bear, bat
Printed Pictures of door, desk, dog, deer, duck
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault c1999. Weston Woods Studios, Inc.
"Today we are going to learn about two letters that can be very tricky. The two letters are b- hold up your b pink card and we are also learning about the letter d- hold up your d purple card, Great job. As a class what sound does the letter b make? Good job, the letter b does make the b=/b/ sound. One more time let's make the b sound as a class. Now as a class what sound does the letter d make? Great job, the letter d does make the d=/d/ sound. One more time, what sound does the d make? I am so proud of you guys!"'
First we will say a tongue twister for letter b:
Bobby Bear bounced his ball in the barn.
Now say it with me. Great job class! I will now say our tongue twister for the letter d.
Donnie danced to Doctor Danny’s drum.
Now say it with me. Wonderful job, you all did so well!"
These are the words that I will have pictures of:
ball, box, baker, bear, bat
door, desk, dog, deer, duck
"Okay class now that we have gained a better understanding of our tricky letters b and d, we are going to read a book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." Give booktalk: "This is a coconut tree, letter a and all her other friends try to get up the tree. What do you think will happen? We have to read it to find out. Let’s get our pink and purple cards ready. Okay class while I am reading and I say a word that starts with b I want you to hold up your b pink card and if I say a word that starts with d I want you to hold up your d purple card. Okay let’s get on our listening ears!"
Students will be assessed throughout the entire lesson, but mostly during the time they write the letters and during step four. I will take up their writing they did during class and I will look at each individuals work to give feedback. In step four, with more participation from the children I can tell how well the children fully understand.
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