Pretend Pennies in the Pail
Associate the letter P with the /p/ sound as in pennies, pillow, and plink.
- Picture cards
- Pretend Penny Store sign
- Real penny
- Paper hopscotch grid (drawn on the ground or made out of paper)
The children will shop at a Pretend Penny store as they practice saying the /p/ sound in words such as pass, pretend, and pail.
- Pass out paper and have the children cut out circles to make pennies.
- Have the children write the letter P on each penny.
- Have each child say the /p/ sound while pointing to the letter P on the penny.
Purchase items with pennies
- Set out the picture cards (or real items) that start with P.
- Put up the Pretend Penny Store sign and a pail for the pretend pennies.
- Let the children "shop" in the store and make a purchase by putting a penny in the pail.
- Have the children name the item they purchased and say the /p/ sound while pointing to the P in the label on the picture.
Play Pass the Penny
- Have the children sit in a circle and pass a penny around the circle.
- As each child gets the penny, have him or her say a word that starts with the letter P.
Make a Pretend Penny Store Catalog
- Assign each child to draw a picture of a word that starts with P.
- Help the children label their pictures.
- Put the pages together to create a Pretend Penny Store 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 the children to write the letter P on each square.
- Drop a penny somewhere on the hopscotch grid.
- Tell the children to hop on each square except 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 as in pink, party, plum, puppy, and plant.
- Picture cards or real objects that start with P
- Pail, or bowl labeled "pail"
Activity: Pretend Pennies
- Set up a Pretend Penny Store with picture cards or with real objects that start with P.
- Take turns being the customer and the cashier.
- Have the customer buy the P items with the pennies by putting the pennies in the cashier's pail while saying the /p/ sound.
- Have the cashier use phrases 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 at the beginning of the words (e.g., /p/, /p/, pizza).
- 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.
Pretend Pennies in the Pail