Gobble the G
Recognize and name the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g.
- Gorilla paper sack puppet (see below)
- Letter cards (see below)
- Paper, cut into small pieces for children to create their own letter cards
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will feed the letter G to a greedy gorilla as they recognize and name the uppercase letter G and the lowercase letter g.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Write the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the G and g in the air with their fingers.
- Show the children the greedy gorilla puppet (explain that a greedy gorilla is a type of monkey who wants a lot of food).
- Have the children choose a letter card one at a time.
- Identify the letter on the card together.
- If the letter on the card is a G (or lowercase g), have the children say, “Greedy Gorilla likes G!” while the children pretend to feed the card to the gorilla.
- If the letter on the card is not a G, have the children say, “Greedy gorilla doesn’t like ___ (letter on the card)” while the children put the letter card in a “garbage” pile.
- Allow the children to take turns holding the gorilla puppet and feeding the gorilla.
Apply the skill
Identify the target letter
- Write a T chart on the whiteboard. Label one column “Gobble” (put the gorilla puppet by this column) and the other column “Garbage” (put a garbage can by this column).
- Hold up the letter cards one at a time. Have the children name the letter on the card.
- If the letter is a G, put the card in the “Gobble” column. If letter is not a G, put the card in the “Garbage” column.
- At the end of the activity let the greedy gorilla gobble all of the G and g letter cards and throw the other cards into the garbage can.
Write the target letter
- Have the children write the letter G (and lowercase g) on small pieces of paper to create their own letter cards (provide support as needed).
- Let the children feed their G and g letter cards to the greedy gorilla.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and name the uppercase letter G and the lowercase letter g.
- Letter cards
- Greedy gorilla picture (see below)
- Empty glass or plastic bottle (tape gorilla head to bottle)
- Paper and pencil
Activity: Gobble the G
- Lay out the letter cards in a circle around the greedy gorilla bottle.
- Spin the bottle and see which card the bottle is pointing toward.
- Help your child identify the letter on the card.
- If letter on the card is a G (or lowercase g), put the card inside the bottle while saying, "The greedy gorilla gobbles G!" If the letter is not a G, take that card out of the circle.
- Have your child write the letter G (and lowercase g) on small pieces of paper to create his or her own letter cards (provide support as needed).
- Let your child feed their G and g letter cards to the greedy gorilla.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
Gobble the G