Pop the Popcorn
- Recognize and produce the /p/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /p/.
- Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.
- Popcorn kernels (or a packet of microwave popcorn)
- A pot
- Popcorn popper (e.g., air popper)
- Paper cup
- Paper plates
- Pop Popcorn target text (see below)
- Book: Popcorn by Frank Asch (optional)
The children will pop real or pretend popcorn while they listen for words that begin with the /p/ sound, such as pop, pan, pot, packet, and paper.
Practice the skill within an activity
Prepare to pop the popcorn
- Give each child a paper plate and put, plop, pour, or place popcorn kernels on the plate.
- Ask the children to fold their paper plates and pour the popcorn kernels into a popcorn popper.
Pop popcorn in a popper
- Push the power button on the popcorn popper and tell the children not to make a peep and listen for the popcorn to pop.
- When the popcorn pops, have the children say: “Pop!”
- Point out that the popped popcorn is piling up in the popper.
- Pour the popped popcorn from the “popper” to the pot.
- Have the children pass the pot of popcorn from place to place and person to person as they say, “Please pass the popcorn.”
- Let each child pick up a few pieces of popcorn with a paper cup and place them on their plates.
- Invite the children to pinch and poke a piece of their popped popcorn.
Read Popcorn while the children eat (optional)
- Read Popcorn, by Frank Asch, while the children eat their pieces of popcorn.
Apply the skill
Read an alliterative text to highlight words that begin /p/
- Display the Pop Popcorn target text (see below) large enough for children to easily see.
- Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
- Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence.
- Show the children a P or p and ask them to find other words that begin with the /p/ sound as in pop, emphasizing the /p/ sound as you say the words and the children repeat them.
Pretend to be popcorn that pops
- With the children think of some words that begin with the /p/ sound, such as pop, pass, pickle, paint, and pie.
- Have the children crouch on the ground as they pretend to be popcorn kernels in a popper ready to be popped.
- Tell the children the popcorn is getting ready to pop, and that they are to say a word that starts with /p/ and pop up when you point to them (support as needed).
SEEL Target Texts
Watch the popcorn pop.
Watch the popcorn pop into a pot.
It pops, pops, pops.
It pops in a popper.
It pops out into a pot.
Popcorn pops and pops and pops.
Pop the Popcorn