Drop a Dollar for a Daisy

Drop a Dollar for a Daisy
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d with the /d/ sound in words such as dollar, desk, and daisy.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dollar
  • desk
  • dot
  • dog
  • dress
  • 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.

Literacy Activities
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.”

More Practice
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.
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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.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.