Bowl the Ball

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter B and lowercase letter b with the /b/ sound as in bowl, ball, and bottle.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bowl
  • ball
  • bottle

Materials:

  • Whiteboard
  • Ten bowling pins or plastic bottles 
  • Pictures cards
  • Small ball
  • Blue, black, and brown crayons
  • Bowl the Ball target text

Overview
The children will play a bowling game as they practice saying the /b/ sound in words that start with the letter B, such as bowling, ball, bat, bed, and basket.
 
Literacy Activities
Send objects up, up, and away

  • Fill each plastic bottle with a small amount of water to create a homemade bowling pin.
  • Attach a picture card to each bottle.
  • Show the children each bottle and have them identify the picture cards.
  • Help the children recognize the letter B in the word on each picture card and emphasize that the letter B makes the /b/ sound.
  • Let the children take turns “bowling” using a small ball.
  • As each child rolls the ball, have him or her say the /b/ sound until the ball hits a pin and knocks it over.

 
More Practice
Read target words

  • Read the Bowl the Ball target text to the children.
  • Have the children circle every letter B and b with a brown, black, or blue crayon.
  • Read the text again and have the children say the /b/ sound each time you come to a letter B or b.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter B and lowercase letter b with a blue, black, or brown crayon.
  • As the children write, point out the shapes that form in the letter B and b (i.e., lines and half-circles).
  • Have the children attach the letters they made to the bowling pins.
  • Let the children knock down the pins with the ball while saying the /b/ sound.

SEEL Target Texts

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Bowl the Ball

Bowl the ball to bump things that begin with a b.
Bump a bat.
Bump a bin.
Bump a box.
Bump a bug.
It is fun to bowl and bump a bat, bin, box, and bug!

Printouts

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Objective
Associate the uppercase letter B and lowercase letter b with the /b/ sound as in ball, bat, and bug.
 
Materials

  • Five bowling pins or plastic bottles 
  • One small ball
  • Picture cards
  • Blue, black, and brown crayons

 
Activity: Bowl the Ball

  • Fill each plastic bottle with a small amount of water to create a homemade bowling pin.
  • Set up the plastic bottles like bowling pins and attach the picture cards to the bottles.
  • Take turns bowling the ball to knock down the bowling pins.
  • As the ball rolls toward the pins, repeat the /b/ sound. 
  • When the ball hits a bottle, have your child name the picture attached to it and identify the letter B in the word on the card.
  • Help your child draw pictures of objects that begin with B and attach them to the bowling pins. 
  • Have your child write the uppercase letter B and lowercase letter b with a blue, black, or brown crayon on small pieces of paper, then attach a letter to each bowling pin. 
  • Have your child bowl the ball and try to knock over the pins again.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Picture-of-Objects-B

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

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