Gobbling Gorilla

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with the /g/ sound in words such as girl, greedy, and gorilla.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • greedy
  • gorilla
  • gobble

Materials:

  • Gorilla puppet 
  • Paper sack
  • Picture cards

Overview
The children will feed a greedy gorilla as they practice saying the /g/ sound in words such as giddy, green, and gorilla.

Literacy Activity
Feed the greedy gorilla

  • Assemble the gorilla sack puppet.
  • Write the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g on the board and ask the children to name the letter.
  • Explain that the letter G makes the /g/ sound.
  • Have the children write the letter G in the air with their finger while they produce the /g/ sound.
  • Show the children the greedy gorilla puppet and tell them that the gorilla likes to gobble things that begin with the /g/ sound.
  • Have the children identify the picture on each picture card.
  • Instruct the children to circle the letter G in the word on each card and emphasize that the letter G makes the /g/ sound.
  • Allow the children to feed the picture cards to the greedy gorilla puppet.
  • As the children place each picture card in the gorilla’s mouth, have them name the picture, emphasizing the /g/ sound (e.g., /g/, /g/, gum). Support as needed.

More Practice
Identify the target sound

  • Have the children identify the beginning and ending sounds of words by tapping their head for the beginning sound of the word and toes for the rest of the word.
    • For example: gap = g (tap head) + ap (tap toes)
    • gap = g + ap
    • gum = g + um
    • got = g + ot
    • get = g + et
  • Make a list of the words with the children.
  • Point out that all of the words have the /g/ sound at the beginning of the word and start with the letter G.

Identify and write the target letter

  • Have the children write the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g on small pieces of paper using a green crayon, colored pencil, or marker.
  • Instruct the children to find the letter G in the word green on the crayon.
  • Allow the children to feed their letter cards to the greedy gorilla puppet.
  • Ask the children to produce the /g/ sound each time they feed a letter G to the gorilla.

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Objective
Associate the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with the /g/ sound in words such as girl, gobble, and guitar.

Materials

  • Gorilla graphic 
  • Green crayon or marker
  • Small pieces of paper

Activity: Greedy Gorilla

  • Cut out the gorilla graphic and cut a slit along the gorilla's mouth to create an opening.  
  • Show your child the greedy gorilla picture and tell him or her that the gorilla likes to gobble things that begin with the /g/ sound, such as glue and gum.
  • Instruct your child to circle the letter G in the word on each picture card, and emphasize that the letter G makes the /g/ sound.
  • Allow your child to feed the picture cards to the greedy gorilla.
  • As your child places each picture card in the gorilla's mouth, have him or her name the picture, emphasizing the /g/ sound (e.g., /g/, /g/, gum). Support as needed.
  • Have your child write the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g on small pieces of paper using a green crayon or marker.
  • Help your child find the letter G in the word green on the crayon. 
  • Allow your child to feed the letters to the greedy gorilla puppet, and ask him or her to produce the /g/ sound each time he or she feeds a letter G to the gorilla.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Greedy-Gorilla

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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