Oh Lovely L!

Moriah Spivey

Emergent Literacy

Rational: In order for children to begin to read and spell, they must be taught to identify letters and phonemes. This lesson will teach students to recognize the letter l in print and the phoneme /l/ in spoken words. This goal will be met by having children listen for, and repeat, the phoneme in spoken words. 


            - Paper and pencil

            -Piece of paper with Tongue Tickler

• "Lisa loves to lick her lemon lollypop."

            -Chart with l words







            -The book "The Lady and the Spider"


1. Begin by reviewing the letters previously taught.  Today, I am teaching the letter L; therefore, I would review the letters A-J with my students.  We would begin by singing the alphabet song. Children commonly know the entire song even though they have not been exposed to all of the letters yet.  Next, on the chalkboard, I would write the letters A-J (Uppercase and lowercase each time) and ask them questions such as "What letter does this represent?  Rr. " Make sure to mix-up the letters when reviewing with the children.

2. I will write the letter l on the board and ask if the students know the letter. "Do you know any words that start with this letter?" I will stretch out the sound /l/ in each word and write them on the board.

3. Ask the students, "Do you hear the /l/ sound in lick? Yes. Every time you hear the /l/ sound, act like your licking a lollypop."

4. "Now I'm going to read our Tongue Tickler and you repeat it after me: Lisa loves to lick her lemon lollypop. Let's say it again and stretch out the /l/, Llllllisa lllloves to lllllick her lllllemon lllllollypop."

5.  Ask the students if they hear the /l/ sound in each of these words. "Do you hear /l/ in lay or sit? Ocean or lake? Apple or lime? Head or lap?"

6. I will give my students the book The Lady and the Spider to follow along as I read the story aloud and each time I come to an l word, we will make the "licking the lollypop" motion.  "This book is called The Lady and the Spider and it is about a spider that has made her home in a lettuce left, but how is she to know that the lady intends on eating her lettuce left home? Let's read to find out what happens to the spider's home."

7. I will get out the chart of the l words and review the words with the students.

8. I will visually assess the students understanding of the letter l in print and the phoneme /l/ in spoken words by seeing if they do the "licking lollypop" motion while I am reading and if they can pick out the word with the correct /l/ phoneme.


-Fidler, Natalie. "Loving Letter L" http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/begin/fidlerel.html

-McNulty, Faith. The Lady and the Spider. New York: Harbor and Row. C 1986.











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