Pre-Keys!

by Doc Frog
Lesson Seven
Numbers with Letters from H to P

In lesson seven the T models how letters H through P are assigned to the right hand. If she or he is comfortable singing, then the second phrase of the Alphabet song accompanies these nine letters: H I J K L M N O P h i j k l m n o p


1. Allow each S to find the letters as you sing or say them together.

2. Invite each S to practice moving between the number and the letter with his or her preferred finger.

3. Encourage each S to use the correct hand position as you repeat the activity both with and without the CAPS LOCK turned on.

A. “The right pointer finger on 6 hops down to H. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

H6H 6H 6H 6H 6H h6h 6h 6h 6h 6h

B. “The right middle finger on 8 pokes the I. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

I8I 8I 8I 8I 8I i8i 8i 8i 8i 8i

C. “The right pointer finger on 7 pokes the J. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

J7J 7J 7J 7J 7J j7j 7j 7j 7j 7j

D. “The right middle finger on 8 pokes the K. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

K8K 8K 8K 8K 8K k8k 8k 8k 8k 8k


E. “The right ring finger on 9 pokes the L. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on. What numeral does lower case letter L look like?"

L9L 9L 9L 9L 9L l9l 9l 9l 9l 9l


F. “The right pointer finger on 7 pokes the M. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

M7M7M7M7M7M m7m7m7m7m7m


G. “The right pointer finger on 6 pokes the N. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

N6N 6N 6N 6N 6N n6n 6n 6n 6n 6n


H. “The right ring finger on 9 pokes the O (letter O). Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on. What numeral does upper case letter O look like?”

O9O 9O 9O 9O 9O o9o 9o 9o 9o 9o


I. “The right pinky finger on 0 (zero) pokes the P. Repeat five times, with and without the Caps Lock turned on.”

P0P 0P 0P 0P 0P p0p 0p 0p 0p 0p


a. (optional: treat this activity like Scrabble, where words that are found by more than one student are canceled out. Points are given for the longest words and the number of words remaining.) b. Note: If there is a red line underneath the word then it doesn’t count! For example, umph

Additional activities:

During the time remaining, guide each S in making combinations of letters, using the right hand only, that are meaningful to them. For example:

hop pop mop plop lop pool

ill hill kill mill pill lip nip

jolly hilly plum you mom

Ohio Hop IOU

Kim Jim Jill Molly Polly

4. End the lesson with a speed test on the number row for 30 seconds. Graph and compare the scores.