Pretend Pennies in the Pail
Associate the letter P (and the lowercase letter p) with the /p/ sound (e.g., pennies, pillow, plink).
- Picture cards
- Pretend Pennies Store sign
- Penny graphic for the game Pass the Penny
- Real penny and paper hopscotch grid (drawn on the ground or made out of paper)
Tell the children they will shop at a Pretend Pennies store as they practice saying the /p/ sound in words such as pass, pretend, and pail.
Make P pennies
- Pass out paper and have the children cut circles to make pennies.
- Have the children write the letter P on each penny.
- Have each child hold up a penny and say the /p/ sound while pointing to the letter P on the penny.
Purchase items with pennies
- Set out the pictures of words (or real items) that start with P.
- Put up the Pretend Pennies sign and a pail for the pretend pennies.
- Let the children shop in the store and make purchases by putting the penny in the pail.
- Have the children name the item they purchase and say the /p/ sound while pointing to the P in the label on the picture.
More Practice (choose from the following)
Play Pass the Penny
- Have the children sit in a circle and pass a penny around the circle.
- As children get the penny, have them say a word that starts with the letter P like penny.
Make a Pretend Pennies store catalog
- Assign each child to draw a picture of a word that starts with P.
- Have the children label the pictures by writing the word or by writing the letter P.
- Put the pages together to create a Pretend Pennies catalog.
Hop around the penny
- Create a hopscotch game by drawing a hopscotch grid on the ground or by placing sheets of paper together.
- Invite children to fill each square by writing a P.
- Drop a penny (a real penny may be easier to throw than paper) on the hopscotch.
- Don’t hop on the square where the penny lands.
- Have the children say the /p/ sound as they hop on each square.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter P with the /p/ sound (e.g., pink, party, plum, puppy, plant).
- Picture cards cut out or real objects that start with P
- Pail (or a bowl labeled "pail")
Activity: Pretend Pennies
- Set up a Pretend Pennies store with pictures of words that start with P or with real objects.
- Take turns being the customer and the cashier. The customer buys the P items with the pennies by putting the pennies in the cashier's pail, while saying the /p/ sound and pointing to the P in the label on the picture.
- While playing, try to use phrases and sentences containing words beginning with the letter P (e.g., Please place a penny in the pail to purchase the pajamas).
- Read the P picture cards with your child, emphasizing the /p/ sound (e.g., /p/ - /p/ - popsicle).
- Help your child make a shopping list of P items bought at the store. Encourage invented spelling and give support where necessary. Emphasize the /p/ sound (e.g., /p/, /p/, popsicle) at the beginning of the words.
- 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.
Pretend Pennies in the Pail