Huffing and Puffing to Help Harry Home.


Emergent Literacy Design

Jenni Prescott


Rationale: The lesson Huffing and Puffing to Help Harry Home is being taught to help children identify /h/, the phoneme, with H, the grapheme.  Children will learn to recognize /h/ by pumping their arms, pretending they are running in place, while say /h/ /h/ /h/, as if they were out of breath.  They will practice finding /h/ in spoken words, h in written words and will use their knowledge to distinguish whether or not a word has a beginning sound of /h/.  They will also create a sentence using their knowledge of phonemes and pick out pictures that begin with /h/.



- Poster board of a school and house with Velcro patches to move Harry. (There should be 4 Velcro spaces in between where Harry starts and finishes at home. All together 6.)

- Picture of Harry running (Velcro on back)

- Primary paper and pencils for students. Enough for at least 2 pieces for child.

- White board

- Dry erase markers

- Velcro

- Worksheet with pictures that do and do not start with h. (hotdog, hat, hand, hippo, girl, ball, umbrella, shoe)

- Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss.

- Chart paper with tongue twister on it. (Hungry Harry has to hurry home for hotdogs.")

- Crayons



1. Introduce lesson by explaining to the students that Harry is getting hungry and needs to find his way home from school.  In order to get Harry home we are going to have to learn a new mouth movement that makes the noise /h/.The letter that will help Harry get home is H and it makes the sound /h/.


2. In order for Harry to get home to get to his afternoon snack, he must go as fast as he can. We must help him get there, and we are going to do that by pretending to run.  Watch me, (pump arms as a running motion and breath while saying /h/ /h/ /h/. By saying /h/ we can help Harry get home faster. I want everyone to practice their running motions and mouth movements.  Throughout our lesson today we are going to listen for this sound and look for the letter H, which makes this sound. 


3. Now we are going to listen for /h/ in the word home. First I need to stretch it out so hear all the sounds - hhhhhome. I think I hear it, I'm going to do my hand motions when I do hear it, ready.  hhhh (hand motions) -ome.  Can we all try it now? Do your running motion when you hear /h/.


4. Let's try a tongue twister now that'll help us here the /h/ sound.

            - Teacher: "Hungry Harry has to hurry home for hotdogs."

            -Let's all say it together now: "Hungry Harry has to hurry home for hotdogs."

            - Now I want to stretch out the /h/ sound at the beginning of each word, don't forget to do our hand motions... "HHHHHungry HHHHarry hhhhas to hhhhurry hhhhome for hhhhotdogs."

            - Lets try it one more time, pump those arms when you hear /h/. "HHHHHungry HHHHarry hhhhas to hhhhurry hhhhome for hhhhotdogs."


**On board move Harry one step closer to being home**


5. "I'm going to read Horton Hears a Who and I want all of you to listen well and when you hear the /h/ sound, what motion do you think I want you to make? Very good, the running motion.  Listen well, because hopefully after this we can move Harry even one more step closer to home!"

            This is a good listening activity which will help the students identify when they hear the /h/ sound.


**Move Harry close to home**


6.  Pass paper and pencils out to students. "Now we are going  to learn how to make our H which is the letter that makes the /h/ sound.  I want you to watch me first and then I want you to try.  First we start at the rooftop of our paper. Then we go down to the sidewalk, then we hump up and over to the fence and curve back down to the sidewalk.  This makes the letter h.  I want you to keep practicing this letter, remember we need to get Harry home and he needs us to know our letter h in order to do so. I'm going to come around and check everyone's work."


** Move Harry one step closer to home**


7. Ask students if they are pumping their arms and huffing and puffing when they hear: House or Blouse? Here or There? Hot or Cold? Hotdog or Bun?


**Move Harry one more step towards home.**


8. "Harry is sooo close to being home and being able to eat his hotdog.  But he needs you to help him make this last step to his home."  At their tables each child will be given a worksheet with different pictures on it.  The children will use their crayons to color in the pictures that begin with H and will leave the others black and white. " I want you to look at each of these photos and decide which ones you have to make your running motions for.  If you are running and huffing and puffing then you color in that picture. If you don't make the movement then you leave that picture blank.  Are there any questions?"


9. "I now want each of you to choose a picture that you colored in and write one sentence with it.  Try the best you can and make sure to include a picture that you colored."  This time for writing will allow children to practice making their h and will allow time for invented spelling.  Remember to explain to the students that this  sentence is going  to finally get Harry home to eating his hotdog. While students are writing, I will go around and check their work.


**Move Harry all the way home**


Assessment:  I will use the worksheet that the students color in to determine whether or not they are understanding the lesson.  Also, while I walk around I will take notes on the students. Their sentences should have a word that begins with an  h  and it should have been on the worksheet as well.



            Keep Your Hands Warm for Helen and Harry by Bridget Clabby - on The Reading Genie

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