Biscuit’s Bubble Bath
Emergent Literacy
Christy Turner

    Letter recognition is very important for children to learn to read and write.  The goal of this lesson is for students to be able to recognize the letters B and b in print, recognize the sound made by /b/, and practice writing B and b in upper and lowercase letters.

1.  Large-font typed copy of tongue twister: “Biscuit's big bath brush broke.”
2.  Bathtime for Biscuit book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.
3.  Primary writing paper
4.  Pencils
5.  White board
6.  White board marker
7.  Picture of Biscuit the dog.
8.  Worksheet
9.  Crayons
10. Cards with pictures of objects that start with B and some that do not start with B (such as ball & toy, bone & treat, bubble & water, bath & shower).

1.  Introduce lesson by going through and recognizing letters in the alphabet and explaining that without the alphabet, we wouldn’t be able to read or write what we are feeling or ideas that we have.  “Today we’re going to learn about the letter b.  Can you point out the letter b to me in the alphabet?  Let’s go through all of the other letters, just to make sure we have it down-pat. Good job!  Do you know what all of these letters together are called?  Right, the alphabet.  Without the alphabet, we wouldn’t be able to write down our feelings or thoughts or ideas, and without that, we wouldn’t be able to read, either!”

2.  “Okay, now we’re going to go through and look at the letters that we already know.  After I write the letter on the board, I want you to say the SOUND that the letter makes.  Good job!  Now, what is a word that starts with this letter (point to each letter, one-by-one)?  Great job with coming up with those words!”

3.  “Today, we are going to learn about the letter b and Biscuit is going to help us with this.” (Show picture of Biscuit in the bubble bath).  Let’s see what our mouth does when we make the /b/ sound like in bubble.  Do your lips press together and release quickly?  Good job!  That’s the /b/ sound!”

4.  “Now, let’s listen for some /b/ sounds in these word pairs.  I will read you two words, and you have to listen very carefully and tell me which one of the two words has the /b/ sound in it.  BBBBBall or TTTTTToy?  Did you hear the /b/?  I think I heard it in ball, what do you think?  Now, how about you try some?  Bubble or WaterBone or TreatBath or ShowerBanana or AppleBread or Cracker?”

5.  “Now we’re going to look at a tongue twister. [Show print out].  I will say the tongue twister once, and then I want you to say it back to me.  Okay, here we go.  Biscuit's big bath brush broke.  Now it’s your turn.  Good job!  Let’s say it together!  Did you notice the /b/ sounds??”

6.  “Okay, everybody get out a piece of paper that has the big lines on it and a pencil.  We are going to talk about how to write the letter B in uppercase and lowercase letters.  To make a capital, or uppercase, B, you will first start at the rooftop and go straight down the sidewalk, around for his big chest, and around for his big tummy. Good job!  Now, for a lowercase b we will start at the rooftop, and go down, b-b-bounce
up and around.  Great job!”

7.  “Now we are going to look at some pictures, and I want you to tell me if the picture starts with a b or a different letter.  If it starts with a different letter, I want you to tell me what letter it starts with.” [show picture of the words that we went over earlier in the lesson..  Bubble & water, bone, bath, shower, banana, apple, bread, etc.]

8.  “Today we’re going to read a book called Bathtime for Biscuit and it’s written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.  This book is about a dog named Biscuit who gets really dirty by rolling around in a garden and in the mud and by the end of the day, he is so filthy that his family has no choice but to give him a bath.”

9.  “You all did a wonderful job today!  I am so proud of you for being such great listeners!  Now we’re going to do a quick little activity.”  I will pass out worksheets with pictures of objects that start with b and some that do not.  Students will be instructed to color (in any color that they want, however they want) the pictures, and ONLY THE PICTURES, that start with the letter “b” and then write an uppercase and a lowercase B or b next to the picture that they colored.

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin.  Bathtime for Biscuit.  Harper Collins Children’s Books, 1-32.

Murray, Bruce.  The Reading Genie.

Staley, Craig T.  The Tongue Twister Database.

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