Gobbling Gorilla

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with the /g/ sound (e.g., girl, greedy, gorilla).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • greedy
  • gorilla
  • gobble

Materials:

  • Gorilla puppet (see graphics below) attached to a paper sack
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Green crayons/pencils/markers

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will feed a greedy gorilla as they practice saying the /g/ sound in words that start with the letter G such as giddy, green, and gorilla.

Practice the skill within an activity

Feed the greedy gorilla

  • Assemble the gorilla sack puppet (see graphics below).
  • 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 producing the /g/ sound.
  • Show the children the greedy gorilla puppet and tell them that he likes to gobble things that begin with the /g/ sound.
  • Have the children name the picture on each picture card (see below).
  • 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 where needed.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

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 (e.g., gap = /g/ tap head and /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 the 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 g) with the /g/ sound (e.g., girl, gobble, guitar).

Materials

  • Greedy gorilla picture (see below) with a slit cut along his mouth
  • Green crayon or marker
  • Small pieces of paper

Activity: Greedy Gorilla

  • Show your child the greedy gorilla picture and tell him/her that he likes to gobble things that begin with the /g/ sound: glue, gum, gate.
  • Instruct your child to circle the letter G in the word on each picture card (see below) and emphasize that the letter G makes the /g/ sound.
  • Allow your child to feed the picture cards to the greedy gorilla picture.
  • As your child places each picture card in the gorilla's mouth, have him/her name the picture, emphasizing the /g/ sound (e.g., /g/ - /g/ - gum). Support where needed.
  • Have your child write the uppercase letter G (and lowercase 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 letter cards to the greedy gorilla puppet and ask him/her to produce the /g/ sound each time he/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 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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