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Initial and Final Sounds With Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop


Language Arts  



by Elizabeth Hourigan
Saint Joseph College
Duration: 30 minutes
Grade Level: first

“Given a flip book with preprinted final sounds, students will write the initial sounds of rhyming words on left side flip pages.

“Using flip books, students will recognize rhyming words have the same final sound but different initial sounds.


Introduce the lesson by asking the children to give examples of rhyming words. Students may give examples of words, books, songs or a definition. Discuss the concepts of initial and final sounds. Review with the class that rhyming words have the same final sounds but different initial sounds.


Students can work independently for this activity. Instruct children to put everything away except for a marker and pencil. Distribute a piece of paper and one flip book to each student and ask them to set it aside. Read Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss to the entire class. After reading, ask students to provide examples of words from the book which had the same final sound but different initial sounds. Initial sounds may be single letter or blends. Record students words on chart paper. Ask children to look at their flip books. The right side should have a final sound preprinted. Using the final sound on his/her book, instruct students to make a list, on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper of all words they can think of with that particular final sound. Once the list is complete, children will underline the initial sounds of each word. Then transfer each initial sounds to a separate page of the flip book. Once everyone has completed his/her book, ask students to share their books with the class.

Closure: Review initial and final sounds with the class. Provide the class with two rhyming words and ask what the difference between them is. Select a final sound next. Call on a student to make two words using the ending provided by the teacher. Repeat until all endings from Hop on Pop have been used. Once children has provided examples, he or she may put supplies away.


Supplying the beginning letter or blends of all rhyming words in the flip books demonstrates students understanding of initial sounds.

Through discussion, students will point out the difference between rhyming words is in the initial sounds. For example, hat and cat rhyme because both words have the same final sounds. However, the initial sounds are different.

1 marker and pencil per student
1 piece of 81/2 X 11 piece of paper (per student)
chart paper
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
1 bound flip book with preprinted final sounds (per student)
Make flip books using oak tag for best results.

Flip Book Directions –

“To make flip books for this activity divide 8 pieces of oak tag into thirds.

“You will need 167 squares of oak tag for children to record initial sounds on.

“Sort oak tag squares into piles according to final sounds as follows:

up - 2  squares		it - 4 squares		on - 4 squares
oust - 2 squares	eye - 4 squares		ask - 6 squares
all - 8 squares		ed - 4 squares		ox - 6 squares
a - 12 squares		at - 9 squares		own - 6 squares
tight - 7 squares	ad - 9 squares		ask - 11 squares
e - 4 squares		ing - 7 squares		up - 5 squares
at - 5 squares		en - 8 squares		et - 7 squares
elm - 2 squares		ill - 10 squares	other - 2 squares

Holding the page vertically, divide the eight whole pieced of oak tag into horizontal sections. On the right half of each section write one final sound. Put the appropriate number of oak tag squares on the left side of the page. Once all three sections are complete, have the squares bound to the oak tag. Do the same thing for the remaining 7 pages.

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