Picking Pretty Poppies with Ms. P

  Picking Pretty Poppies for Ms. P
         Emergent Literacy Design
      Laney Walding


Rationale: Recognizing a phoneme is a critical skill that must be mastered before children can successfully read and write. Children must be able to distinguish between sounds to further their understanding of language. This lesson engages children in hands on instruction and activities to enhance their understanding of the phoneme /p/. Upon completion of this lesson students will be able to recognize the phoneme /p/ in spoken and written language.




o   Primary Paper and Pencil

o   Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut

o   Chart with “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper”

o   Picture displaying upper and lower case p

o   Word cards with PET, PIN, PAY, PINK

o   Chart paper that lists: Pig, Big, Pie, Penny, Plane, Pink, Boat, Pork

o   Worksheet for writing P words assessment

o   Worksheet for identifying things that begin with the letter P



1.)   Teacher says: Our written language is a secret code. The part that is tricky is learning what letters stand for. As you move your mouth we make sounds which form into words. Today we're going to work on spotting the mouth move /p/. We spell /p/ with letter P.

2.)   “Let’s refresh our memory on how you write the letter p. To begin we start with our pencils at the fence, then we go straight down into the ditch. Then we come back up and place his chin on the sidewalk. I will pass around some primary paper for each of you to use to practice. Let’s begin practicing writing our letter p. Great job!”

3.)   Say: “When you make the /p/ sound you can feel a puff of air come out of your mouth. While making this sound your lips are tight together and then pop open again to form the /p/ sound. Listen to the word as I stretch it out and see if you can hear the /p/ sound.” Teacher says “pot” “ppp-oo-t.” Say the word “pot” and “pig.” Do you feel the puff of air coming from your mouth as you say these words? This is the letter p!

4.)   “Here is a tongue tickler (hold up poster) with the /p/ sound displayed on it. “ Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.” Let’s all read this aloud together and see where the air puffs out from our mouth. Stretch out the /p/ sounds as we read them aloud. Wonderful job everyone!”

5.)   As we say it again all together I want each of you to go very slowly and separate each part of the words. When you hear the puff from your mouth, raise your hand. Super!”

6.)   "Now, I am going to read the book Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut. is the story of a prissy princess who is going to marry a pinheaded prince just because he will praise and pamper her. But when a wise woman puts a spell on Prunella, a purple peanut grows from her nose and doesn't go away until she learns to be less selfish and spoiled. What do you think will happen to Princess Prunella next? We are going to have to read the book to find out!"

7.)   "Ok class while I am reading this book I want all of you to listen for the magic /p/. I want each of you to listen for the /p/ sound we have been talking about today. Everyone remember how to do that?" [Students respond by doing hand motion] "Great! You are all so smart!" [Then read the book and the students will listen for the /p/ sound].

8.)   Teacher hangs up chart paper with words displayed, Pig, Big, Pie, Penny, Plane, Pink, Boat, and Pork. Says: “Now let’s read these words together to see if we hear the /p/ sound and feel the air puffs from our mouth. We are going to stretch the words out like we previously did. I will start us off. PPP-iiii-g, PP-i-g. I hear the /p/ sound at the beginning because I feel the air puffs coming from my mouth. Say it with me and see if you feel the same. Great! Now let’s put each word listed to the test.” Teacher will go through all the words listed on the chart paper.

9.)   Teacher will then show the word PUT and model how to decide if it is put or but: “PUT, ppp-ut, put. I hear the air puffs coming from my mouth because of the P. You try some: PET: pet or bet? PIN: pin or win? PAY: pay or bay? PINK: pink or think?

10.)                      Teacher will give each student the assessment worksheet. Teacher will read the names of the pictures: Pumpkin, Flower, Pail, Pineapple, and Spoon. Students will draw a line to help the three pigs find the items that begin with the /p/ sound. The assessment with show the teacher how each student is phonetically aware of the phoneme /p/ and their knowledge






    Lesson References:


Whole Text:

Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut

By: Margaret Atwood and Maryann Kovalski



Explanation for forming the letter “p”:

Bruce Murray, Making Sight Words, Ronkonkoma, Linus Publications, Inc, Page 294


Tongue Tickler:



Lesson References:

Pop your Popcorn with P

Molly Montgomery



Picking Pumpkins with Mr. P

Haley Barnes




Assessment Worksheet:

                                                                                                                 Laney Walding: lsw0009@auburn.edu
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