Wildlife Watching with Mrs. W


 Brittney Herring
Emergent Literacy





Letter Recognition is a very important when children are learning to read. The reason letter recognition is so important is because letters represent the phonemes in spoken words, and recognizing letters and their corresponding phonemes enables children to make sense of words. The letter that will be focused on in this lesson is W. The lesson will help develop the student‰€™s phoneme awareness of /w/.  By the end of this lesson, children should be able to recognize and write upper and lower case W. 


Materials Needed:


1. Have a poster with tongue twister- Wilma Walrus waddles through the wonderful water.


2. The Worrywarts by Pamela Duncan Edwards


3. Primary Paper


4. Pencils


5. Dry Erase Board


6. Dry Erase Marker


7. Assessment Worksheet- Where they must circle the animals that have the /w/ sound.


8. Fun coloring Worsheet




1. Introduce the letter W to the students. Today boys and girls I am going to introduce you to a very special guest.  Her name is Mrs. W and she is on a wildlife watch. She likes to find animals that begin with the letter W. Can any of you think of an animal that begins with the letter W? Very good, a walrus does begin with W. Do any of you know how Mrs. W finds her animals? She finds them by making the /w/ sound. Everyone make the /w/ sound with me. Make sure our hands are up like we are calling an animal. Everyone make sure they watch my mouth movement as we say /w/ so we can call some animals. When I begin are my lips together or pursed as I say /w/? Say it again with me /w/. Very good!


2.  Now boys and girls we are going to help Mrs. W figure out which animals have the /w/ sound in their name.  Let's do one together.  Does walrus or elephant have the /w/sound?  Wwwwalrus or eeelephant?  I hear the /w/ sound in walrus.  Did you hear it?  Now, you are going to try a few.  Ask students: Do you hear the /w/ sound in tiger or weasel? How about woodchuck or panther? How about grasshopper or wombat?


3. Next boys and girls I am going to show you Mrs. W‰€™s Wacky Tongue Twister. I am going to read you the wacky tongue twister and then you are going to repeat it back to me. Is everyone ready?!  Put your listening ears on so you can help Mrs. W find the /w/ sound.  The poster says, Wilma walrus waddles through the wonderful water. I will make sure to add emphasis on the /w/ sound. Now we are going to say it together making sure to say the /w/ sound. Don‰€™t forget to act like you calling an animal. Lets say it together: Wwwwilma wwwwalrus wwwaddles through the wwwonderful wwwater.  Very good!


4. Okay students Mrs. W has just told me one of her most important jobs is to be able to write the names of the animals she sees, so we are going to learn how to write the letter w. Everyone get out your primary paper! I will use the dry erase board and marker to demonstrate. To write capital W, we have to make a big slant down from the roof to the sidewalk, a big slant up from the sidewalk to the roof, a big slant down from the roof to the sidewalk, and a big slant up from the sidewalk to the roof. I will have the students practice writing these several times. To make a lower case w, we have to make a small slant down from the fence to the sidewalk, small slant up from the sidewalk to the fence, small slant down from the fence to the sidewalk, small slant up from the sidewalk to the fence. I will then have the students practice writing these several times.


5. Now boys and girls Mrs. W wants us to read our book, The Worrywarts. Now boys and girls I want you to snap when you here a word that begins with the /w/ sound. So everyone listen very closely!


6. I will then give the students a worksheet that has animals that begin with /w/ that we have covered and they must circle only the animals that begin with /w/.


7. For fun, I will give the students a coloring sheet of the letter W. It has different animals that begin with w embedded in it.






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Murray, Bruce, Reading Genie http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/


Stewart, Hannah,  Mr. B‰€™s Big Buttons


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