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Bob and Betty Beating the Drums With B

Bob and Betty Beating the Drums With B

Emergent Literacy Design

Caroline Brennan

Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /b/ the phoneme represented by b. Students will learn a meaningful representation, the banging of a drum, the letter symbol b, practice listening to words with /b/, and apply phoneme awareness with /b/ in phonetic cue reading by distinguishing rhyming words from beginning letters.

 Materials: Primary paper and pencil; board displaying tongue tickler, “Bob beat the drums before Betty.”; picture of beating a drum; Berentsains’ B Book (Random House, 1971) drawing paper and crayons; assessment worksheet (link below); words with beat, meat, big, dig, fall, ball, box, pox, bake and cake.

 Procedures: 1. Say: Our written language is a secret code. It is confusing when learning what letters stand for- the mouth moves we make as we say words. Today, we are going to learn and work on spotting the mouth move /b/ and the actual letter b. The letter b looks similar to a drumstick that hits a drum to make a loud noise.

 2. Let’s pretend to beat our large drum like we were in the marching band: /b/, /b/, /b/. [Pantomime playing a drum] What is your mouth doing when we make our drum sound? Do you notice how our lips close and we push them out with lots of air making a big /b/.

 3. Now let’s listen for the /b/ sounds. Let’s say the word boat slowly so we hear the letters sound. Bbbb-ooaa-tt. Let’s do it one more time even slower. Bbbb-oooaaa-ttt. There it was! Did you feel your lips close and push the air out to make the /b/ sound? I can feel it with the word boat.

 4. Let’s try a tongue tickler and listen for the /b/ sound. “ Bob beat the drums before Betty.” Let’s say it three times. Every time you hear the /b/ sound act like you are beating the drums and stretch the b. “Bbbobbb bbbeat the drums bbbefore Bbbetty.” Try it again, and this time separate the /b/ sound from the word: “/b/o/b/ /b/eat the drums /b/efore /betty/.”

 5. [Have the students take out primary paper and pencil.] We use the letter b or B to spell /b/. Lowercase b looks like a drumstick. The capital B looks like a straight down line with two half circles/humps or a double sided drumstick. Let’s practice writing the lowercase b on our primary paper. Start at the rooftop and drop down to the sidewalk, then bounce back up to the fence make a forward half circle and loop it back down the original line on the sidewalk. After I check everyone’s lowercase b by putting a star on your paper, continue writing 8 more just like it.

 6. I am going to call on a few students to answer which word they hear the sound /b/ in. Do you hear /b/ in big or small? Top or bottom? Bird or eagle? Say: Now, I will read you a few words and if you hear /b/, act like you are beating a drum. cub, bat, bottle, bowl, shorts, television.

7. Say: Now, let’s look at an alphabet book called Berenstains’ B Book. This book tells us about several animals that start with the letter b. All of the animals ride a bike together and have a few accidents along the way. What do you think is going to happen to them? Let’s read to find out what happens to the animals and if they are okay! Read page 10, stretching out the b. Ask the students what other words they can think of that start with b. See if they can make up a funny animal with the letter b and make a tongue tickler with words that all start with the letter b. Then have the students draw a corresponding picture and use invented spelling for their tongue tickler.

 8. Show BALL and model how to decide if it is ball or fall. The B tells me to beat my drum, /b/, so this word is Bbb-all, ball. You try some: BEAT: meat or beat? BIG: big or dig? BOX: pox or box? BAKE: bake or cake?

 9. For assessment, a worksheet will be distributed. The worksheet has pictures of four items that have the /b/ sound and begin with the letter b. I will then call students individually to read the phonetic cue words from #8.


Assessment worksheet: http://www.kidzone.ws/prek_wrksht/learning-letters/b.htm

References: Landrum, Kailey: “Bang the Drum with B” https://sites.google.com/site/mslandrumsreadinglessons/home/bang-the-drums-with-b

 Berenstains’ B Book, (1971), Stan and Jan Berenstain. Random House Books for Young Readers.

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