Pretend Pennies in the Pail
- 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.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Pretend Pennies in the Pail