Drop a Dollar for a Daisy


Associate the letter D (and the lowercase letter d) with the /d/ sound (e.g., dollar, desk, daisy).

Lesson Plan

See More

Target Words:

  • dollar
  • desk
  • dot
  • dog
  • dress
  • daisy


  • Objects or picture cards (see below)
  • Price tags (see below)
  • Pretend dollar bills (see below)
  • Desk (optional)
  • Hopscotch grid
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will buy things beginning with the letter D for a dollar as they practice saying the /d/ sound in words that begin with the letter D such as daisy, drop, and desk.

Practice the skill within an activity

Buy objects beginning with D

  • Attach dollar price tags to objects or picture cards that start with D (see below).
  • Set up a store with the objects or pictures on a desk (optional).
  • Give the children pretend dollar bills (see below) to buy objects that start with the /d/ sound.
  • Have the children write the letter D on their dollar bill.
  • Have the children buy their chosen item/picture by dropping their dollar on the desk and saying, “(item chosen) starts with /d/ - /d//d/ - D.”

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Drop and hop

  • Create a hopscotch game by drawing a hopscotch grid on a large piece of paper or by placing smaller sheets together.
  • Invite the children to fill each square by writing a D or d.
  • Have the children drop an object that starts with the /d/ sound (e.g. dice, dot, dinosaur) on a square.
  • Instruct the children not to hop in the square where the object lands.
  • Have the children say the /d/ sound as they hop from square to square.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d on a piece of paper.
  • Remind the children of objects they bought with a dollar from the store (e.g. daisy, dress, dice).
  • Tell the children to draw pictures of several of those items on that same piece of paper.


SEEL At Home

See More

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


  • Pretend dollar bills (see below)
  • Dollar price tags (see below)
  • Pictures cards (see below)
  • Objects that start with D

Activity: Dollar Drop

  • Set up a Dollar Store with objects that start with D and/or pictures cards that start with D.
  • Attach a dollar price tag to each object and/or picture card.
  • Use words and phrases beginning with the letter D (e.g., Do you want a dog for a dollar? Would you like to drop your dollar for a duck or a dog?) while your child pretends to buy things from the store.
  • Have your child choose an item from the store then drop a dollar in your hand to buy the object.
  • Help your child write a list of objects in your dollar store. 
  • Have your child circle the letter D at the beginning of each word while repeating the /d/ sound.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



See More

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.