Dot Dirty Dishes

Objective

Associate the letter (and lowercase letter d) with the /d/ sound (e.g., dish, duck, dog).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dot
  • dog
  • dirty
  • duck
  • dollar
  • dish

Materials:

  • Paper plates to be called "dishes"
  • Towel and dish drainer (optional)
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Dot stickers, dot paints or markers

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will dry dirty dishes as they practice saying the /d/ sound in words that start with the letter D such as dish, dirty, dog, den, and dip.

Practice the skill within an activity

Dirty dishes

  • Attach the picture cards (see below) to paper plates.
  • Tell the children that the plate is a dish that is dirty because it has pictures all over it.
  • Have the children clean the dish by removing the pictures.
  • Instruct the children to circle the letter D in the word on each picture card, and emphasize that the letter D makes the /d/ sound.

Dots on a dish

  • Allow the children to decorate a paper plate with dot stickers (or use dot paints or markers to create dots).
  • Help the children write the uppercase letter D (and lowercase d) all over the dish and have them say the /d/ sound each time they write a letter.
  • Allow the children to pretend to wash and dry the dishes then stack them in a dish drainer (optional).

Apply the skill

Identify the target sound

  • Make a word wall of simple words that begin with the letter D (e.g., dot, dog, dug, dab, den, dig, dip).
  • Help the children identify the beginning and rhyme ending sounds of each word on the list by tapping their head for the beginning sound of the word and toes for the rest of the word (e.g., dot = /d/ tap head and /ot/ tap toes).
  • Point out that all of the words have the /d/ sound at the beginning of the word and start with the letter D.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d several times on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
  • Allow the children to place the sticky notes on a dirty dish (paper plate).
  • Have the children produce the /d/ sound each time they place a letter on the dish.

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Objective
Associate the letter d (and uppercase D) with the /d/ sound.

Materials

  • Picture cards (see below) attached to a paper plate
  • Towel and dish rack or dishwasher

Activity: Dirty Dish

  • Attach the picture cards (see below) to paper plates.
  • Tell your child that the plate is a dish that is dirty because it has letters and pictures all over it.
  • Have your child clean the dish by removing the pictures.
  • Instruct your child to circle the letter d in the word on each picture card and emphasize that the letter D makes the /d/ sound.
  • Help your child write the uppercase letter D (and lowercase d) on the paper plate.
  • Have your child pretend to wash and dry the dirty dish. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Picture-Cards

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case 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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