The Dozing Dog

Bekah Stockton

Emergent Literacy


Rationale: To learn to read and spell words, children need the alphabetic insight that letters stand for phonemes and spelling map out the phonemes in spoken words. Before children can match letters to phonemes, they have to recognize phonemes in spoken word contexts. There are many consonants that children have to learn. This lesson will help children identify /d/. It often gets confused with /b/ a lot so we are going to focus on /d/ to make sure a child can tell the difference between the two. They will recognize /d/ in spoken words, a letter symbol, and then practice finding /d/ in words.

Materials: primary paper and a pencil; picture of a dozing dog; note cards with these words, one on each card: disk, dot, dump, hard, dancer, danger, David; Tongue twister on chart, "David's dozing dog didn't dig dirt in the dark.” piece of white copy paper and markers. Book: The Digging Dog.


Today we are going to learn how to recognize the /d/ sound.

 Repeat after me, dozing dog. What does dozing and bog have in common? That's right, the sound /d/. Today we are going to focus on the /d/ sound. Let's make the /d/ sound together.

Now let's try a tongue twister. Show the child the chart with the tongue twister on it and say it together. David's dozing dog didn't dig dirt in the dark. Repeat once more. Lastly let's say it together and drag out the /d/ sound.

Lets look at some more words that have the /d/ sound in them. Show he/she the note cards and practice saying the words together and practice finding the /d/ sound in each word. Example: The first card has disk on it. Let's say disk together. . Do you hear /d/ in disk?

Now take out the primary paper and a pencil. Let's practice making the letter d. Start out at the rooftop and make a straight line down to the sidewalk. Pick up pencil and start at the fence and make c¸ circle and connect it with the line at the sidewalk.

Now let's see if you can detect the /d/ sound in a few spoken words. Do you hear the /d/ sound in?

blue or red

had or tall

small or done

I am going to read The Digging Dog.

 I will assess the student by letting him/her draw four different things that have the /d/ sound. One must be thought up on their own. He can use three words we have already talked about such as dog.





Ashley Wilkins


Murray, B. A., &  Lesniak, T. (1999).  The letterbox lesson:  A hands-on approach for teaching decoding.  The Reading Teacher, 52, 644-650.


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