Students will be able to identify, create the sound of, and write the letter P.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- To gain student attention, create the sound the letter P makes and ask students if anyone knows what letter makes that sound.
- See if any students can come to the chalkboard and write a letter P.
- Ask the class if anyone has a name that starts with the letter P.
- Then, give each student a container of play dough and have him or her shape the letter P from it.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read the class Piggies by Audrey Wood.
- Encourage students to use their fingers to go along with the pages in the book. Point out the sound P makes throughout the book.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student a piece of white paper.
- On a whiteboard, chalkboard, or interactive whiteboard, write the words "My 5 Piggies." Instruct each student to copy these words on the top of their page.
- Trace each student's hand and half of their arm on the white paper.
- Have students color their hand in with crayons.
- Then, dip their fingers in pink paint to create a fingerprint above each finger on the white paper.
- When the paint drys, have students draw a face, ears, and a tail on each finger print to create piggies.
Independent Working Time (5 minutes)
- Pass out and have students complete the worksheet All About the Letter P.
- Enrichment: Have students complete the Finding the Letter P worksheet for extra practice.
- Support: Give students a piece of white paper and create the letter P on it with a yellow highlighter or crayon. Have students "rainbow write" the letter P by using various crayons to trace over the letter P.
Related Books and/or Media
- WORKSHEET: Coloring the Letter P
- GAME: Alphabet Ice Cream Attack
- BOOK: Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- BOOK: Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Review the worksheet to assess student knowledge.
- Invite students to walk around the classroom to find objects that begin with the letter P.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- To close this lesson, fill a few small tubs with plastic pink pigs and pour brown paint on top to represent mud. Invite students to take turns scrubbing the pink pigs in the tubs with sponges to help them become clean.
- Have students make the letter P sound while scrubbing the pigs!