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How to Write the Alphabet: Ff Vv Pp

Updated on February 8, 2016

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Writing Lesson Plan: Ff Vv Pp

Whether you are teaching young students to write in their native tongue, or teaching the English alphabet to your English learning students, this lesson can help you.

Lesson Target: Beginners at reading and writing the English alphabet

Prior Lessons Needed: Letters sitarmgnubedcoh. While each writing worksheet can stand alone, the reading lesson builds on previously learned letters. To start with the first writing lesson, Ss Ii Tt, go here. For more information about teaching the alphabet, go here.

Lesson Focus: writing and reading

  • Learn letters: Ff, Vv, Pp
  • Practice writing with writing worksheet
  • Practice reading with story

Note: At this point, even if you have decided to do the worksheets in a random order rather than the order they are provided in, this particular worksheet would not work well for an introduction to the alphabet or to reading, as there isn't anything that can be read with just the letters fvp. Unless your students already have some background in letters, I suggest starting, as the 'prior lessons' section suggests, with the 'sit' worksheet.

Writing Worksheet


Learning the Letters: Ff Vv Pp

Introduce the letters as you have been doing. I would suggest, when you teach P, to also review b and d, as these three letters are essentially the same except in different directions. It's a good idea to make sure that your students can differentiate between the three.

When you teach f and v, you might want to check that these sounds occur in your student's native language. Korean, for instance, does not contain those sounds. If you must teach the sounds as well as the letters, make sure that you show how the sound is made. Curl your bottom lip back so your students can see your teeth when you make an f or v sound. Luckily, these sounds are some of the easier to teach as it is easy to show what your mouth does to make them...unlike sounds like 'th' or 'z' where all the work happens out of sight.

By this point, if you have been teaching in order, your students should know quite a few letters. You needn't spend a long time reviewing old letters, but a quick run through would help your students not to forget old letters. I would suggest making flashcards or writing letters on the board. Don't show the upper case and lower case together; let your students identify which is which along with the name of the letter and the sound it makes. This review can be performed quickly. If your students stumble on a letter, don't spend a lot of time on it, just remind them and go on, and maybe show the problem letters a second time. If they continuously stumble on the same letter every day, that's when you need a more in depth review.

Writing Worksheet

You can find a copy of the writing worksheet here. To use it, simply print the worksheet and give it to your students. You should be able to print by right clicking with your mouse on the document and selecting 'print' or there may possible be a print icon at the top of the page. The worksheet includes writing practice for each of the letters, instructions on how to write the letters, and a picture illustrating a word that begins with each letter.

Let's Read!


Reading Ff Vv Pp

This reading lesson builds on already learned letters: S I T A R M G N U B E D C O H. It can also stand alone but your students will not be able to read any words in this story on their own unless you have already taught them some other letters or sight words.

You can find the story worksheet here.

There are two ways to use the story worksheet:

  1. Have your students find and identify the target letters. You can also use this as review time and have your students identify previously learned letters. Make a special note of similar letters to the target, like d and b.
  2. Pre-teach a few of the words, particularly words that don't follow the normal rules (have has a silent e, but the a is not a long a, Mr. is an abbreviation of mister and Mrs. of Misses). Pre-teaching doesn't have to mean you tell them the word; write the words on the board or point to words in the story and ask your students to try reading them first. The pictures in the story can be used as well to help your students understand the words. Before you read the story, read the title together. Look at the pictures. Let your students guess what the story is about.
  3. Read the story together. By this point, your students should be able to read the majority of the story themselves. In this story, the only words you should read for them are falls, says, very, the, help, and thanks. All other words contain letters your students should already know. Note that 'the' contains letters your students know, but they haven't learned the 'th' sound yet. You can teach 'the' anyway as a sight word rather than a word to be sounded out. You can read altogether as a group, read one on one with your students, or have your students take turns as a group in reading words or lines.


Now that your students know Ff Vv Pp, what's next? Keep going through the alphabet!

Go back to Cc Oo Hh

Go on to Ll Jj Yy

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