Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All About the Letter D - Letter of the Week Activities

Songs and Poems

Dinosaurs Poem

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs lived long ago.
They were so big and strong, you know!
Sharp teeth and claws, long tails too.
Some that walked and some that flew.
Though they don't live here anymore,
We still adore the dinosaur!

Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.
One shoe off and one shoe on,
Went to bed with his stockings on.

Doggy, Doggy Who Has Your Bone?
Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone?
Somebody stole it from your home.
Guess who!  Maybe you...
Maybe the monkeys from the zoo.
Wake up doggy, find your bone.

How to play:
Choose a child to go first to be the doggy.  They should sit in the center of the circle of kids and close/cover their eyes while the song is chanted.  Have an adult give the bone  to one of the children while chanting the song.  Have all of the children hide their hands behind their backs.  When the chant is over, the doggy can uncover his or her eyes and gets 3 guesses as to which person has the bone.  Whether the doggy gets it right or not, the person with the bone gets to be the next doggy.

Alphabet Poem: Letter D
by Edward Lear

D was once a little doll,
Nursy Dolly
Little Doll!

Letter D Song
(Sung to the tune of John, Jacob, Jingleheimer Schmit)

Doc Doggy's dinosaur and duck
They love to play all day.
For words that start with D
The people run to see!
Words like Doc Doggy's dinosaur and duck

Letter D Snack Ideas
  • Doughnuts
  • Dirt pudding
  • Doritos
  • Danimals yogurt

Letter Hunt: Go on a Letter Dd hunt around your home. Encourage your child to see how many objects he can find with names beginning with the /d/ sound like in dog. Support your child’s writing process by encouraging him/her to write the word on an index card. Then have him/her tape it to the object.

Odd Sound Out: Say three words, two beginning with the /d/ sound like in donut and one sound that is different. Have the student repeat which sound does not belong.

dog, duck, elephant
dollar, dime, nickel
doughnut, dressing, apple
bear, doll, drum
desk, easel, door

/d/ Listening Game: Read the following sentences. Have the students repeat the words that begin with the /d/ sound like in duck.
  • Donald duck dances all day.
  • Daisy plays the drum.
  • I have a doll named Dana.
  • I like dogs better than cats.
  • I need a dollar and a dime to buy a doughnut.

Fill in the Missing Word:  All of your guesses should begin with the /d/ sound like in Dana.
  •  It’s round and sweet with a hole in the middle. It is a __________. (doughnut)
  • It has four legs, a long tail, it likes to chase balls, and barks. It is a ______. (dog)
  • I have two webbed feet. A bill and I waddle when I walk. I quack when I say hello. I am a _______. (duck)
  • Four quarters or ten dimes make up one ________. (dollar)

Circle and Find: Have students practice reading environmental print. Use newspapers, junk mail, and/or sales flyers and have them highlight all of the letter Dd’s using a highlighter.

Dotted D’s: Trace an upper and lowercase letter D on a sheet of paper. Have your child use bingo markers and outline the letter D with dots.

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