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Gulping Grape Juice With G

Gulping Grape Juice with G

A Lesson on Emergent Literacy

By: Lydia Moore


 Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /g/, a phoneme represented by G. Students should be able to learn to recognize /g/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (gulping) and the letter G, practicing finding /g/ in words, and apply phoneme awareness with /g/ in phonetic cue reading by distinguishing rhyming words from beginning letters.


Materials: Primary paper and pencil; Poster with “Gulping grape juice with a gorilla that giggles greatly.” Smart Board Technology to represent pictures of a G and a gulping representation; the book The Giving Tree, word cards with GATE, GUS, GOLD, GOT, FROG, and GO; worksheet identifying pictures with /g/ (URL below).


Procedures: 1. Say: “Our written language is a secret code. The tricky part is learning what letters stand for—the mouth moves we make as we say words. Today we're going to work on spotting the mouth move /g/. We spell /g/ with letter G. G looks like a c with a fishing hook on it, and /g/ sounds like someone is gulping grape juice.”


2. “Let’s pretend to gulp your favorite grape juice, /g/, /g/, /g/ [pretend to gulp your juice]. Notice how your mouth is open and your tongue is bent at the back of your mouth. When we say /g/, our mouth is open and our tongue is bent at the back of your mouth.”


3. “Now listen as I try to find /g/ in the word garden. Pronounce the word slowly and clearly, making sure to stress the /g/ sound: /Gggggggarden/. Let’s all say it out loud together. /Ggggggarden/. Did you hear the /g/ in garden? I hear it! Pronouncing it slowly: /Ggggggarden./


4. Let’s try a tongue twister (on poster) “Gulping grape juice with a gorilla that giggles greatly.” Say it three times together. Now say it again, and this time, stretch the /g/ at the beginning of the words. “Ggggulping ggggrape juice with a ggggorilla that ggggiggles ggggreatly.” Try it a gain, and this time break it off the word: “/g/ulping /g/rape juice with a /g/orilla that /g/iggles /g/realty.


5. Have students take out primary paper and pencil to practice G. We will use letter G to spell /g/.” Capital G looks like a C with a hook. Let’s write the lowercase g. First make “a”, then give it a fish hook. Let me see everybody’s g. Now let’s make seven more.


6. Call on students to answer and tell they knew: Do you hear /g/ in gold or waddle? Game or fan? Grettle or Betty? Say: Let’s see if you can spot the mouth move /g/ in some words. Gulp if you hear /g/: got, get, go, gain, fame, glow..


7. Say: “Let’s look at The Giving Tree. Do you like to play in the trees outside? How about climb them, or swing from their branches. Well this book is about a boy who loves to do that on this tree. He eats the trees apples, slides from it, swings from it, until one day he begins to ask for more and more things from the tree. If you had a tree like that would you want more than you needed from the tree? We will have to read the book to find out what happens to this lovely tree!” Have students read the title and see if they can find the /g/. Ask them things they may ask of the tree if it would give them anything. Even have them draw it on a piece of paper, then display it with their found /g/.


8. Show GOLD and model how to decide if its gold or bake: The G tells me to gulp like a grape, /g/, so this word is ggg-ooo-lll-ddd. You try some: Gone: Gone or max? GRAND: mouse or grand? KIND: giant or kind?


9. For assessment, distribute the worksheet. Students are to complete the worksheet by filling in the box with G according to which picture it matches. Call on students to read words from step #8.


Assessment worksheet: http://www.schoolsparks.com/assets/worksheets/pdf/alphabet-parade/matching-pictures-with-same-sound-g.pdf


Reference:  Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. New York: Harper and Row, 1964.


http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/awakenings/roebuckel.htm - Gulping Grape Soda With G – Caitlin Roebuck



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