Let Leaves Land


Recognize and produce the /l/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /l/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • little
  • large
  • leaf
  • leaves
  • land
  • loose


  • Lots of large leaves (real or graphics below)
  • Lots of little leaves (real or graphics below) 
  • Large piece of green butcher paper 
  • Large piece of blue butcher paper cut in the shape of a lake

The children will let leaves loose as they listen for words that begin with the /l/ sound, such as leaves, lake, lawn, and land

Practice the skill within an activity    

  • Before you begin, place the green butcher paper on the floor in an open area and put the blue butcher paper close to the green butcher paper. 
  • Have the children sit in a group by the green and blue butcher paper and explain to the children that you are going to pretend that the green paper is a lawn and the blue paper is a lake, and that lawn and lake both begin with the /l/ sound. 
  • Choose a few children to let lots of leaves loose by tossing them into the air over the lake, the lawn, and the other children.
  • After the leaves land, comment as a group about the places the leaves landed (e.g., "Little and large leaves landed on the lake." "Large and little leaves landed on the lawn." "Lots of leaves landed on our legs/laps as we sat on the lawn.").
  • Repeat until all of the children have had a turn to let leaves loose.

Leaping and landing

  • Have the children line up the leaves that landed on the lawn. Have them leap over the leaves that landed on the lawn, leaping as high and as low as they can. 
  • Let the children compare how and where large and little leaves land by allowing them to drop a large leaf and a little leaf separately. 
  • Invite the children to examine how dropping leaves from different heights (i.e., high, lower, then lower) affects how and where they fall.
  • Have fun laughing together as you and the children invent and say tongue twisters about leaves, like “Leaping lizards like leaping leaves” or “Leaves land lightly on lakes and lawns.”

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target sound

  • Review the /l/ sound action words from the activity (e.g., lift, lower, lay, land, line up, leap), emphasizing the /l/ sound, and having the children echo the words. 
  • Give each child a few leaves and an opportunity to do an /l/ action as they repeat an alliterative /l/ phrase, such as, “Let leaves land on the lake,” “Lift leaves,” or “Leap over leaves.” 
  • Have the other children repeat the /l/ alliterative phrase and do the action with their leaves.


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Recognize and produce the /l/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /l/.


  • Several real or paper leaves of different sizes 
  • Small chair or stool

Activity: Let Leaves Land

  • Give your child a small pile of leaves and work together to sort the leaves into two piles—large leaves and little leaves. 
  • Take turns standing on a small chair or stool and letting the leaves loose.
  • As you let the leaves loose, say phrases describing where the leaves are landing (e.g., "Leaves land on legs." "Leaves land on the lamp." "Little leaves land lightly."). 
  • After letting the leaves loose a few times, do /l/ actions together with the leaves, and emphasize the /l/ sound as you use /l/ phrases to comment on what you are doing  (e.g., "Leap over leaves." "Lay on leaves." "Line up leaves.").



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