Drop a Dollar for a Daisy
- Objects or picture cards*
- Price tags*
- Pretend dollar bills*
- Desk (optional)
- Hopscotch grid
- Writing practice page*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that 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.
Buy objects beginning with D
- Attach dollar price tags to objects or picture cards that start with D.
- Set up a store with the objects or pictures on a desk (optional).
- Give the children pretend dollar bills 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 or picture by dropping their dollars on the desk and saying, “___ (item chosen) starts with /d/, /d/, /d/, D.”
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 a 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
- Help the children write the uppercase letter D and 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
Associate the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d with the /d/ sound in words such as dollar, desk, and daisy.
- Pretend dollar bills
- Dollar price tags
- Pictures cards
- Objects that start with D
Activity: Dollar Drop
- Set up a dollar store with objects that start with D or picture cards that start with D.
- Attach a dollar price tag to each object 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 and then drop a dollar in your hand to buy the object.
- Help your child write a list of objects found 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.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Drop a Dollar for a Daisy