Emergent Literacy Design:

Miss Piggy's Picnic Party

By: Katie Chadwick


Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /p/, the phoneme represented by P. Students will learn to recognize /p/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (Miss Piggy's Picnic Party picture) and the letter symbol P, practice finding /p/ in words, and apply phoneme awareness with /p/ in phonetic cue reading by distinguishing which words have /p/ in them.


Materials: pencil and primary paper; picture of Miss Piggy's Picnic Party picture; Miss Piggy plate and word cards with PORK, PANCAKE, BALL, PLATE, CARD, TOY, PEN, PICTURE, GIRL, HOUSE, PINK, PARK, PLAN, YARN (URL below); markers; The Pig's Picnic; activity worksheet assessment (URL below)




1. Learning how to read is tricky, but the trick is knowing how to sound out the different letters in the alphabet. Today we are going to learn how our mouths move to pronounce the letter p. We spell /p/ with the letter P. We hear /p/ a lot in Miss Piggy's Picnic Party.


2. I'm going to show you how to listen for the letter P in a word. Listen as I sound it out: "Miss Piggy's Picnic Party." Repeat it after me two times. Now let's dragggg out the /p/ sound. Ready? "Miss Ppppiggy's Ppppicnic Pppparty." Now let's say the /p/ and then say the rest of the word. "Miss /p/-iggy's /p/icnic /p/arty." Do you hear the /p/ sound in "piggy" or "miss?" Great job! Now let's move on to our fun activity!


3. Let's play a little game. This is Miss Piggy (show Miss Piggy plate). Miss Piggy can ONLY eat pancakes that have words started with /p/. If she accidentally eats a pancake without the /p/ on it, she will get a realllly bad tummy ache! For example, if you get a pancake with the word "plate," do you hear /p/ in that word? If so, it can go in Miss Piggy's mouth!


4. "Now let's read this book and see if we hear the /p/ sound! This book is called The Pig's Picnic. I wonder what kinds of food the pigs bring on their picnic. I also wonder if any of the foods start with the letter P? Let's read and find out!" Read book and have them point to different words where they hear /p/.


5. Have student write out the lower- and upper-case P. "Start up at the roof and come down to the sidewalk. Then go back up to the roof and come around and stop at the fence. For little p, start at the fence and go straight down into the street. Then come back up the fence and curve around back to the sidewalk." Let's practice writing some of the words of the items Miss Piggy is bringing on her picnic!


6. For an assessment, student will complete the activity worksheet on the letter P by coloring in the pictures of animals or objects that start with P, and then completing the word underneath by adding the P at the beginning.




http://www.kidzone.ws/kindergarten/p-begins2.htm (activity Worksheet)

Macintire, Rebecca. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/projects/macintireel.html

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