Hot Holiday Hotcakes

Objective

Associate the letter H (and lowercase h) with the /h/ sound (e.g., hot, hair, house).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • holiday
  • hot
  • hotcakes
  • house
  • hand
  • heart
  • hair

Materials:

  • Beanbag
  • Letter cards
  • Picture cards (see below) placed in a hat
  • Hot Holiday Hotcakes song (see target text below)
  • Music for the song London Bridge
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will play a game with hotcakes (special pancakes made for holidays) as they practice saying the /h/ sound in words that start with the letter H such as hotcakes, holiday, and hand.

Practice the skill within an activity

Play the Hot Holiday Hotcakes game

  • Attach the letter cards (see below) to the beanbag and explain to the children that the letter H makes the /h/ sound as in hot.
  • Tell the children they will pretend the beanbag is a hotcake.
  • Have the children sit in a circle and teach them the Hot Holiday Hotcakes song (see target text below) to the tune of London Bridge.
  • Turn on the music for the song London Bridge and have the children pass the beanbag around the circle.
  • Ask the children to say, “Hot!” as they pass the beanbag.
  • When the music stops, have the child who is holding the beanbag choose a picture card from the hat.
  • Have the children circle the letter H in the word on the picture card while saying the /h/ sound.
  • Play the game several times as desired.

Apply the skill

Identify the target sound in words in a text

  • Show the children the text for the song Hot Holiday Hotcakes (see target text below).
  • Have the children find and circle the letter H (and lowercase h) throughout the text, saying the /h/ sound each time they circle a letter.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter H (and lowercase h) on the writing practice page (see below).
  • Have the children produce the /h/ sound while writing the letter H.
  • Allow the children to draw a picture of an object that begins with the /h/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., heart, hat, hand, house, hamburger, hotdog).

SEEL Target Texts

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Hot Holiday Hotcakes

Holiday hotcakes hot, hot, hot.
Hot, hot, hot,
Hot, hot, hot.
Holiday hotcakes hot, hot, hot.
Hot, hot hotcakes.

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Objective

Associate the letter H (and the lowercase h) with the /h/ sound.

Materials

  • Hotcake graphic (see below)
  • Paper plate 
  • Ingredients for pancake batter to make hot holiday hotcakes (optional)

Activity: Hot Holiday Hotcakes

  • Help your child write the letter H (and lowercase h) on a paper plate.
  • Place the plate at one end of the room and the paper hotcakes (see below) at the other.
  • Take turns carrying the hotcakes to the plate, one at a time, while producing the /h/ sound repeatedly.
  • When you get to the paper plate, say, "Hot starts with H!"
  • Write the sentence "Holiday hotcakes are hot!" and have your child circle the letter h throughout the sentence.
  • Emphasize that the letter H makes the /h/ sound. 
  • If desired, make real hotcakes (pancakes) and allow your child to practice writing the letter H in the pancake mixture with a spoon (optional).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Hotcakes

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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