Click the Camera!



Emergent Literacy Design

Becca Tarleton


Rationale: It is important for students to understand that all letters have different sounds and vocal gestures. This lesson will help children identify the phoneme /k/, represented by the letter C. Students will learn to recognize /k/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (clicking the camera), practice finding /k/ in words, recognize the letter symbol C, and apply phoneme awareness with /k/ using phonetic cue reading by identifying pictures with the /k/ sound.



·         Primary paper

·         White paper

·         Pencils

·         Tongue twister "Carol's cat carries carrots in a cart" on chart paper

·         Dr. Seuss's ABC (Random House, 1963) (C page)

·         Assessment worksheet identifying pictures of the sound /k/



1.   Say: "Did you know that different letters have different sounds and mouth moves? Today we are going to learn the mouth move and the sound for /k/, like in the words cat or car. We spell /k/ with the letter C. To make the /k/ sound, we open our mouths and touch the very back of our tongue to the roof of our mouth. This sound is like the clicking of a camera when you take a picture! Let me show you how to click the camera." Teacher models taking a picture and saying "/k/ /k/ /k/."

2.  "Now you try it! Do you notice how you open your mouth and put the back of your tongue on the roof of your mouth? Pretend to click the camera!" Students make gesture of clicking the camera and making the /k/ /k/ /k/ sound.

3.  "Let me show you how to find /k/ in words like camp. I'm going to stretch out camp and say it really slow so that we can listen and find the clicking of the camera. C-c-c-c-a-a-m-m-p-p. I heard it! Did you hear it? It's at the beginning of the word. I felt that my mouth was open and the back of my tongue was at the roof of my mouth. I can feel the /k/ in camp!"

4.  "I want you to try and find the /k/ in some words so that we know what our mouth does in certain words that way we can know what letters the word has in it. Do you hear /k/ in clock or door? Noisy or calm? Bear or camel? Click your camera when you hear the /k/ sound in the words I call out." Teacher calls out words: can, lap, cut, rope, cake, bet, luck.

5.  "Now lets try our tongue twister (on chart paper). "Carol's cat carries carrots in a cart." Everyone lets say it three times together." Students say it three times. "Good, now lets say it again but this time I want you to stretch out the /k/ sound at the beginning of the words and click your camera when you hear the sound!" "Cccarol's cccat cccarries cccarrots in a cccart." "Lets try it one more time and break off the sound from the word. Don't forget your camera!" "/k/ arol's /k/ at /k/ arries /k/ arrots in a /k/ art."

6.  [Have students take out a pencil and primary paper.] "Now that we know the sound, lets try to write the letter for it. We use the letter C to make the /k/ sound. Everyone get your pencil and paper ready to write the letter C. First I'm going to show you how, and then you will try. First we're going to make the capital C. Start just below the rooftop, go up to touch, around, and up." Teacher modeling on board as telling. "Now you try it on your paper!" Students write it. "Next we are going to write the lowercase c. Start like a little a, go up and touch the fence, then around and up." Teacher models. "Now lets you do it." Students write it. "After I come and check you off, I want you to write the capital C nine more times and the lowercase c nine more times." Teacher walks around checking work.

7.  "We've learned how to make the sound and write the letter, now we are going to look at an alphabet book called Dr. Seuss's ABC. The C page is about a camel on the ceiling. As I read, when you hear the /k/ sound click your camera! What other words could we use for the C page?" Teacher have students write capital C and lowercase c on blank paper and then draw a picture of a picture that has the /k/ sound.

8.  For assessment, pass out a worksheet. Students are to match the three cats that have the letter C on them to the three pictures that start with the letter C that have the /k/ sound.


·    (Assessment Worksheet) KidZone, Beginning Consonant Worksheets

·    (Tongue Twister) Mrs. Cox's Kindergarten Class, Tongue twister for each letter:

·    Amber Deblanc, Cranking Cooky Cars



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