little lions like to lick
Associate the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l with the /l/ sound as in little, lion, and ladybug.
- Picture cards of lion treats
- Lion graphics
- Strips of paper
- Picture cards
- Lunch box
- Little Lions target text
- Writing practice page
The children will pretend to be lions and practice saying the /l/ sound in words such as lemon, ladybug, and like.
Look for lions
- Make lion headbands by attaching the lion graphics to strips of paper and stapling the ends together.
- Hide the lion headbands around the room.
- Invite the children to look for the “lions” while saying, “/l/, /l/, /l/.”
- When they find a lion, say, “Lion starts with L, and L makes the /l/ sound!”
- Have the children wear their lion headbands and pretend to be lions.
Lick lion treats
- Have the children sit in a circle around the lion treat picture cards that start with the /l/ sound.
- Have the children take turns choosing a picture card.
- Have the children name the picture, and comment that it starts with the letter L, which makes the /l/ sound.
- Have the children pretend to lick the lion treat.
- Pass the “treat” around for other “little lions” to pretend to lick.
- Let the “little lions” lick lollipops (optional).
Read target words in a text
- Place the lion treat picture cards next to the correct sentence in the Little Lions target text, 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.
Play Pass the Lunch Box game
- Fold the picture cards of words that do and don’t start with L in half and place the folded cards in a lunch box.
- Have the children sit in a circle to take turns passing the lunch box.
- Have each child remove a card to decide if it begins with the /l/ sound.
- If the card begins with the /l/ sound, have the children read the word (support as needed).
- If the card does not begin with the /l/ sound, have the child replace the folded card in the lunch box, shake the box, and pass it along.
- Emphasize that the letter L makes the /l/ sound.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l on the writing practice page.
- Let them draw pictures below the letters of the treats they pretended to lick as lions (e.g., ladybug, lunch box, ladder, light bulb).
SEEL Target Texts
Little lions like to lick licorice.
Little lions like to lick lemons.
Little lions like to lick lunch boxes.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l with the /l/ sound as in little, ladder, and lemon.
- Two lion graphics
- Picture cards
Activity: Little Lions
- Cut out the lion graphics and attach them to strips of paper to make headbands.
- With your child, wear the lion headbands and pretend to be little lions who like to lick treats that begin with the letter L.
- Take turns choosing a picture card and naming it, and comment that it starts with the /l/ sound.
- Emphasizing the target sound, pretend to lick each picture like a lion.
- Help your child write a list of some items he or she licked as a little lion that start with the letter L.
- Read the list together and have your child circle the L in each word.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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.
Little Lions Like to Lick