Leo Lion Loves Lunch
Associate the uppercase letter L (and lowercase letter l) with the /l/ sound (e.g., lion, lick, lunch).
- Would They Love a Lion? By Kady MacDonald Denton (Kingfisher, 1998) (optional)
- The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) (optional)
- Leo Lion sack puppet (see below)
- Picture cards (see below)
- Large lunch sack
- Leo Lion Loves Lunch text (see below)
State and model the objective
Read Would They Love a Lion? By Kady MacDonald Denton or The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (optional). Tell the children that they will help Leo the Lion look for some lunch and that they will practice saying the /l/ sound in words such as laugh, lion, and love.
Practice the skill within an activity
Feed Leo Lion Lunch
- Place the picture cards of foods that start with L (see below) around the room.
- Have the children look around the room for a food item.
- When children find a picture card have them name the picture. Tell the children to circle the L at the beginning of the word on each picture card while saying the /l/ sound.
- Have the children put the food item in the large lunch sack saying, for example, “Leo Lion loves lemons for lunch.”
- Once Leo Lion’s lunch sack is filled, have the children take turns feeding Leo Lion food from his large lunch sack.
- As they feed him, have the children point to the L in the word on the card and say, “L makes the /l/ sound.”
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Leap for L words
- Have the children think of as many words that start with the /l/ sound as they can. Write the words on the board and read them together as a class.
- Read the words and emphasize the /l/ sound at the beginning.
- Have the children leap every time they hear the /l/ sound.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the letter L (and lowercase l), on small pieces of paper.
- Have the children pretend that the L and l papers are lunch food that they feed to Leo the Lion.
- Have the children produce the /l/ sound each time they feed the letter L to Leo.
- Help the children make a lunch menu for Leo listing all of the foods he likes to eat for lunch. Let the children write the letter L at the beginning of each word on the menu then allow them to draw pictures next to the foods on the list.
Read target words in a text
- Read the text Little Lions (see below) to the children then read the text to the children.
- Have the children find and circle the letter L throughout the text, saying the /l/ sound each time they circle the letter L.
- Read the text again and have the children make an L with their fingers every time they hear a word that starts with the /l/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter L (and lowercase l) with the /l/ sound (e.g., lion, lick, liver).
- Picture cards (see below) cut out and hidden around room
- Lion graphic (see below) cut out and made into headband by attaching to a paper strip
- Small pieces of paper and a pencil
- Lunch sack with the letter L written on it (optional)
Activity: Leo Lion Loves Lunch
- Make the lion headband to fit your child's head.
- Let your child wear the headband as you have him or her pretend to be a lion and look around the room for lunch.
- When your child finds a picture card beginning with a letter L, say with your child, for example, "Leo Lion loves lemons!" and put it in Leo Lion's lunch sack (optional).
- Have your child circle the letter L in the word on each card while saying the /l/ sound.
- Help your child write the letter L (and lowercase l) on small pieces of paper then have him or her pretend that the L and l papers are lunch food that he or she will feed to Leo the Lion.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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.
Leo Lion Loves Lunch