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    October 8, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Purpose of the Lesson:

    This technique can be used to teach letters and pre-writing or can be used to teach blends. It can be easily adapted to many uses but the example in this lesson plan reinforces beginning consonant sounds for letters “P” (“puh”) and “D” (“duh”) and for older students the “PL” blend.

    Project Summary:

    Students practice consonant sounds as they make Playdough and shape letters and letter combinations to make blends. This activity can be used to teach any letter or blend.

    Literacy Skills:

    • Letter Recognition
    • Blends
    • Initial Consonants
    • Reading Comprehension – Sequencing skills
    • Writing – Letters

    Materials:

    • Playdough Recipe: 1 cup Flour, ½ cup salt, ¾ teaspoon cooking oil, ½ cup water with food color added
    • Containers of each ingredient (pre-measured) for each table
    • Mixing bowls for each table
    • Recipe written on a large sheet of paper
    • Recipe work sheets for each student
    • Wipes to clean desks at the end of the project
    • Plastic containers with lids or Ziploc bags to store the Playdough

    Introduction:

    Show students the letter “P”. Ask the class: what is the name of this letter? What is its shape? What does it look like? Can we draw the shape of this letter with our fingers? What does it sound like? What are words that have/begin with the “puh” sound? Do the same for the letter “D”. Do students know what Playdough is? What sounds do we hear when we say “Playdough”? “Puh” and “Duh”?

    Process:

    1. Read the ingredients and then the directions with the class.
    2. Ask the students to try and read along with you.
    3. Arrange the class so that students are sitting in groups.
    4. Hand out all of the pre-measured ingredients to each table.
    5. Following your directions and have one child pour the flour into the mixing bowl
    6. Have the next child add the salt to the mixing bowl.
    7. Have the next child mix flour and salt in the bowl.
    8. Next have a student slowly pour the oil in the bowl and have another student pour the water into the dry mixture while one student holds the bowl and another stirs.
    9. Taking turns, students knead Playdough with hands until all the ingredients are mixed.
    10. Divide Playdough equally among the students at the table.

    Kindergarten classes:

    1. Have the kindergarten students first make the shapes of the letter “P” in upper and lower case.
    2. Next ask them to name things that begin with the letter P (plate, plane, pot, pig, etc.). List words on the board.
    3. Have them come up and read the words. You can make this into a game. “Who can find the word pig?” etc.
    4. Now have them choose one of the words from the list and use the Playdough to make that object.
    5. When they are done they should stand up and show their object and find the word for it on the list.
    6. Repeat with the letter D. You may want to do this on a different day so as not to confuse them.

    First grade classes:

    1. Have the students first make the shapes of the letters “P” and “L”. Have them first say the “P” sound and then the “L” sound and finally, as they move the two letters closer and closer together, have the make sound of “PL” blend.
    2. Next ask them to name things that begin with the “PL” blend. (Playdough, playgroup, plate, playground, plane, place, plug, etc. ). List the words on the board.
    3. Have students come up and read the words. You can make this into a game. “Who can find the word ‘place’?” etc.
    4. Now have them choose one of the words from the list and use the Playdough to make that object.
    5. When they are done they should stand up and show their object and find the word for it on the list.
    6. You can use the Playdough over again for other blends.

    Note: The Playdough can be stored in sealed plastic containers or Ziploc bags. Don’t leave it in the sun.

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