Lion's Love Lollipops


Lions Love Lollipops

Emergent Literacy Design

Margaret Anne Logan


Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /l/, phoneme represented by l. They will learn to recognize the sound in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation like "Lions love lollipops." They will also learn phoneme awareness with /l/ in phonetic cue reading by distinguishing rhyming words from beginning letters.



Materials: Pencil, primary paper, poster with a picture of a Lions Love Lollipops and the phrase written on it, drawing paper and crayons or markers, assessment worksheet, L word cards (line, lap, loop, bull, and lit), the book The Lamb Who Loved to Laugh



1)"Today we are going to learn about a special letter in our alphabet. The letter is l and a fun way to remember this letter and the sound it makes is that it is like “LLLLions LLLLove LLLLollipops .” And the shape of the letter l looks like the stick of a lollipop.

2)"Let's practice saying the sound that the letter l makes. /l/ /l/ /l/ /l/, do you see how your tongue hits the roof of your mouth when you make the sound? This is how we pronounce this sound. Now lets try stretching the sound out like we are going to be llllions who llllllove llllollllipops for a long time. /llllllllll/ /lllllllllllllll/ /lllllllllll/"

3)"I'm going to help you find the letter l in the word lemon. Lets stretch out the word lemon. 'lllllllll, e, mmm, o, nnn.' And lets say it one more time. . . .  (repeated) Do you see how your tongue touches the roof of your mouth in the beginning of the word and nowhere else? That is how we found the l, and can hear it." If the child does not understand this, take a few moments to find the /l/ in different words and stretch out the sounds to make it easy to locate the phoneme /l/.

4)"Let's practice drawing the letter l. We are going to use this special paper and make a straight line like a lollipop stick when we finish the lollipop.   Start at the top and make a straight line down to the bottom then at the bottom of the paper make a straight line going towards the right.  We are going to take our pencil and make a straight line from the top of the paper to the bottom and then we are going to make another line towards the right at the bottom of our first line.  Do you see how  these are straight lines? This is a large L. is for the capital L. For a lower case l I want you to make a straight line going from the fence down to the sidewalk.  Do you see how this is just a smaller version of the capital letter even though there is a slight difference? Now you practice and make 10 more of each of these."

5) When I hear the words River and Lake, I hear the /l/ sound in one of these words. Do you hear the /l/ sound in River or Lake? (If they don't show them how to stretch out the word again to locate the phoneme /l/) Now I want you to try to see if you can find that llllolllllipop /l/ sound in these words. Do you hear the lllllolllllipop /l/ sound in Look or Book?  Lizard or Snake? Lap or Bag? Now can you try to say this tongue tickler with me? “The lizard leaped past the logs and into the lovely leaves.” Lets stretch out these sound in this sentence to help." (If the child needs more practice with finding the /l/ sound in the  words, practice stretching out the words. If they need more practice in the tongue tickler, just say the sentence slower and practice finding the /l/ sound together. 

6) Tell the book talk for the book The Lamb Who Loved to Laugh by Carol Pugliano-Martin. This book is about a lamb named Lulu.  Lulu cannot stop laughing until Lion teaches her a lesson. Then read the book aloud to the student. Ask the student questions and talk about the letter l in the book. If student has any questions at this point, help before working on the assessment worksheet.

7) Allow the student to get up from their seats and stand in a row as straight as possible to act like a lollipops lined up in a candy store.  This will help them remember the straight line that is the shape of the letter l.  Ask the student, "can you find anything in this room that makes the /l/ sound? I know this can be hard but I think we can find at least one thing!" If the student has trouble, point out a long sleeve shirt or leggings, a lamp, laptop, or a something shaped like a straight line.

8)For assessment, hand out the assessment worksheet. Let students work on the questions and then color the lollipops and the letter l picture that are on the worksheet. Give ample time for the student to work on the phoneme /l/. 

9)  For assessment, distribute the worksheet (URL below). Students are to complete the partial spellings and color the pictures that begin with L.

Assessment worksheet:





Pugliano-Martin, Carol. The Lamb Who Loved to Laugh. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

"KidZone Preschool and Kindergarten Beginning Consonants Worksheets." Color the

            Pictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.

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