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Harry Hops To It

Harry Hops To It

Emergent Literacy

Katherine Joa


Rationale: Children need to recognize spellings in order to read.  This lesson is designed to teach students the phoneme /h/, the phoneme represented by the letter H. Students will learn a meaningful representation (woman breathing out on her glasses to clean them), the letter symbol H, and be able to point out words with H in them.


· Image of woman breathing on glasses
· Poster with tongue tickler “Harry had a horrible headache and hated to hear Henry howl.”
· Book Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
· Primary paper
· Pencil
· Word Cards (HEN, HAND, CAT, MAD)
· Assessment worksheet.


· Say: “Today we are going to learn how the mouth moves when we say the letter H. To say H we have to breath out like we would to clean our glasses.  Pretend to hold a pair of glasses on front of you and breathe out on the lenses. “ 

· Say: “We spell /h/ with the letter H.  Let me show you how to find /h/ in hand.  I am going to stretch out the word hand very slowly while you listen for the breath sound.  Hhhhhh-aaannn-ddd.  Yes, I heard it!  I felt myself breathing hard to make the /h/ in hand. "

· Say: “Let’s try a tongue tickler [on chart].  Harry had a horrible headache and hated to hear Henry howl. Let’s say it together.  Now let’s say it and stretch out the /h/ at the beginning of the words.  Hhharry hhhad a hhhorible hhheadache and hhhated to hhhear Hhhenry hhhowl.  Now we’re going to say it again and break the /h/ away from the beginning of the word.  /h/ arry /h/ ad a /h/ orrible  /h/ eadache and /h/ ated to /h/ ear /h/ enry /h/ owl.

· Students take out primary paper and pencil.  Say: “Now we are going to review how to write the letter h.  To write the letter h we start at the rooftop, come down, and hump over.  Practice writing h five times.

· Call on students to answer questions and how to do they know.  Say: “Do you hear /h/ in Hear or see? (Teacher models how to to decide if it is hear or see.) Hat or cap?  Felt or help?  Hot or not?  Near or here?  Say: “Now let’s see if you can spot the mouth move /h/ in some words.  Him, time, hurry, hang, flee, hot, pot, flower, heart, heat.

· Say: “Now we are going to read a book called Hungry Hen by Richard Waring.  There is a fox that always watches a hen.  He waits for her to grow big, but buy the time the hen is big enough to eat, the fox has grown frail and weak.  What do you think will happen to the fox and the hen?”  Read the book to students.  Ask the students if they can think of any other words that start with /h/.  Have students draw a picture of their words and write a sentence with their word using invented spellings.   Display finished pictures in the classroom.

· Now with the word cards, read the word off the card and then have students repeat the word.  Have students raise their hand when a word has /h/ in it and explain how they know.  Word cards are; HEN: hen or pen, HAND: sand or hand, CAT: cat or hat, MAD: mad or had.

· For assessment hand out worksheet and have students color pictures that begin with h.


Hillary Goins, H, H, Harry Hare Hopping Out of Breath http://www.auburn.edu/%7Erhg0005/goinsel.htm

Audrey Leach, H-h-optTo it, and Run! https://sites.google.com/site/ctrd3710site/home/emergent-literacy-design

Assessment Worksheet http://www.free-phonics-worksheets.com/html/phonics_worksheet_v1-08.html#

Waring, Richard, and Caroline Church. Hungry Hen. HarperCollins. December 2001. 32           pages.

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