Roar like a Lion "r"

Casey Gaines



The objective of this lesson is to learn to read, spell, and say words out loud.  Children need to first be able to recognize the letter sounds in spoken words.  Recognizing these sounds then leads to phonemic awareness and the skill to blend phonemes in order to have the ability to learn new words.  In this lesson we will focus on the letter /r/.  We will practice making the "r" sound and the mouth form, correct pronunciation.  The student will recognize /r/ in spoken words by meaningful representation (the picture of the roaring lion), letter symbols, and in practicing finding the letter in other words.


·        Lined primary paper and a pencil

·        Picture of a lion roaring

·        Cards with words on them that make the "r" sound

·        Cover up critter

·        Tongue Tickler sheet

·        Coloring book and markers (for reward for finishing the lesson)

·         "Roar!" by Pamela Edwards

·         Worksheetà circling the phoneme "r"


·        "Each letter in the alphabet makes a different sound and today we are going to work on what sound the letter R makes"

·        I will show the student a picture of the lion roaring and ask the student "can you make the sound that a lion makes?" "Do you hear the "r" in  that sound?" "do you feel your mouth making the /r/ sound?" I will let the child notice that when he or she says "Rrrrrooaaarrrrr" their mouth is open and their tongue curls to the top of their mouth.

·        I will then ask the student "what are some words that you know that have the "r" sound in them?" after the student tells them to me, we will practice saying those words and drawing out the /r/.  After the student has told me words that they know with the "r" sound, I will show them a couple of words that I have chosen and I will show them how to sound them out using the cover-up critter and stretching out the words, and then I will have the student repeat after me while we read by sounding out each phoneme and blend them together.  "Let's see if we can hear the /r/ sound in the word red.  I am going to stretch out the word rrrrrr-e-d. Did you hear the lion roar in the word rred?

·        After practicing the word card words, I will introduce a tongue tickler to the student on a sheet of paper.  "Rick the Rhino ran in the rain" we are going to say this together and make our big roaring sounds when we hear the /r/ sounds.  "Rrrrrick the Rrrrrhino rrrrran in the rrrrain". Now, let's use our cover up critter and sound out our phonemes and blend the words.

·        I will give the student primary paper and a pencil and I will model how to make the lower case "r", telling the student that you "start at the fence, go down to the sidewalk, bounce back up to the fence and make a half circle right at the fence line." Then the student will have a chance to practice his or her writing of the letter "r".  Now for the uppercase "R" we are going to start our pencil at the rooftop and bring our line straight down to the sidewalk, bounce back up to the rooftop and make a backwards "c" like you are making a capitol "P" but we are going to kick a leg out from the fence down to the sidewalk.

·        Sample practiceà I am going to hold up a word card and the students are going to give me a "rrrrrooooarrrrr" if they see the phoneme /r/ in the word.  

·        We are going to practice our letter R now by reading the book "Roar!" In this book there is a little lion and he scares away the other animals by his loud roar, but then he finds nine other lion cubs…lets read to find out what happens when he meets up with them.  Lets remember what sound the /r/ makes and how we roar like a lion and every time that you hear the word "roar" or a word with the /r/ sound I want you to raise your hand.


        The students will complete a worksheet where they will be given various words with the /r/ in them and they will be asked to circle the roaring /r/ that they find in each word.



Roar! By Pamela Duncan Edwards à


Roaring lion picture à


Tongue Ticker pictureà


EL design inspiration  à Rainer Rawlinson




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