Let Leaves Land
- Real large and little leaves or paper leaves*
- Large piece of green butcher paper
- Large piece of blue butcher paper
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will let leaves loose as they listen for words that begin with the /l/ sound, such as leaves, lake, lawn, and land.
Let large and little leaves fall
- Place the green butcher paper on the floor in an open area, cut the blue butcher paper in the shape of a lake, and put it close to the green paper.
- Have the children sit in a group by the green and blue paper and pretend that the green paper is a lawn and the blue paper is a lake.
- Tell the children that lawn and lake each begin with the /l/ sound and have them say the words—emphasizing the /l/ sound (e.g., /l/, /l/, /l/ lake).
- Invite the children to listen for words with the /l/ sound during the activity.
- Choose a few children to let lots of leaves loose by tossing the real or paper leaves into the air over the lake, the lawn, and the other children.
- After the leaves land, discuss the places the leaves landed using lots of words that start with the /l/ sound.
- Repeat until all of the children have had a turn to let leaves loose.
- Help the children remember the /l/ sound words they heard during the activity.
Leaping and landing
- Invite the children to listen for lots of /l/ words as they do more activities with the leaves.
- Have the children line up the leaves that landed on the lawn and leap over them, leaping as high as they can.
- Let the children compare how and where large and little leaves land by allowing them to drop a large leaf and little leaf separately.
- Invite the children to examine how dropping leaves from different heights (i.e., high, lower, then lowest) affects how and where they fall.
- Help the children remember words that start with the /l/ sound from the activities.
Tongue twisters with the /l/ sound
- Help the children make up and say tongue twisters about leaves, like “Leaping lizards like leaping over leaves.”
Repeat words with the target letter
- 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.”
- Have the other children repeat the /l/ alliterative phrase and do the action with their leaves.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /l/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /l/, such as land and lake.
- Real or paper leaves of different sizes
- Small chair or stool
Activity: Let Leaves Land
- Invite your child to listen for words with the /l/ sound, such as large and little, as you play with leaves together.
- 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 leaves loose.
- As you let the leaves loose, say alliterative phrases describing where the leaves are landing (e.g., “Leaves land on legs.”).
- After letting the leaves loose a few times, do /l/ actions with the leaves (e.g., leap over, line up) together and comment using /l/ words.
Let Leaves Land