- Gorilla puppet graphics
- Picture cards
- Grocery list
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will see a greedy gorilla gobble up things that begin with the hard g (/g/) sound as they listen for words that begin with the /g/ sound, such as greedy, gorilla, groceries, and gobble.
Gobble /g/ words
- Assemble the gorilla puppet according to the instructions and make enough picture cards for each child to have one.
- Ask one child to be the puppeteer and work the gorilla puppet, and give each of the rest of the children a picture card.
- Have the children with the picture cards sit in a circle while the child with the puppet stands in the middle.
- Tell the puppeteer in the middle to extend his arm, point his finger, close his eyes, and turn around three times.
- When the puppeteer stops turning, he should keep his eyes closed and keep pointing in front of himself.
- Whoever the puppeteer is pointing at gets to say what is on his or her card.
- The puppeteer will then open his eyes and make the greedy gorilla puppet pretend to gobble up the card.
- Have all of the children say, “Gobble, gobble, gobble! Gobble the ___ (name of the picture on the card)!”
- Repeat as many times as desired, allowing other children to stand in the middle and hold the greedy gorilla.
Repeat words with the target letter
- Display a shopping list, explain that the greedy gorilla only likes groceries that start with /g/, and have the children watch and listen for the /g/ groceries in the list that the gorilla would like.
- Point to each item in the list as you read them aloud.
- If the item starts with the /g/ sound, have the children put their thumbs up as you put a green check mark by the item.
- If the item doesn't start with the /g/ sound, look sad, and have the children put their thumbs down.
- Read the green-checked items in the list back to the children, emphasizing the /g/ sound in each one.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the hard g sound (/g/) in a series of words that begin with that sound, such as good, get, and got.
- Picture cards
- Gorilla head graphic
- Glass or plastic bottle
Activity: Gobbling Gorilla
- Allow your child to attach the gorilla head graphic to the bottle.
- Lay the bottle on its side, gorilla face up, and spread the picture cards out around the bottle.
- Explain to your child that, in this game, the greedy gorilla wants to gobble some groceries that start with the hard g (/g/) sound, and ask your child to listen for the /g/ sound as you play the game.
- Spin the bottle and put whichever picture card the greedy gorilla head stops at into the bottle while saying, "The greedy gorilla gobbles ___ (e.g., grapes)!"
- Have fun taking turns spinning the bottle and giving the greedy gorilla groceries to gobble.
- When the greedy gorilla has gobbled up all of the picture cards, shake the cards out of the bottle if you can, and emphasize the /g/ sound as you identify the cards together, saying, “/g/ /g/ /g/ ___ (e.g., gum)”