Words in Your World!

Contributor: Lisa Ott. Lesson ID: 10743

Words are all around you! Some are part of signs and labels, and you may already know how to read them! Cheerios and pizza can help you learn to read and write the words in your world!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you recognize what the signs on this building say?

Burger King at night

Image by Misosotis Jade, via Wikimedia Commons, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The words we see all around us are some of the first words we learn to read and write!

In this lesson, you will explore your world and read and write the words that tell about places you like to visit, foods you like to eat, and so much more! These words might be signs, colors, logos, or other written words.

This video will introduce you to reading words that are part of your world. See how many words you recognize as you watch Environmental Print (NOTE: This video is silent!):


Now, let’s see how the examples you have viewed relate directly to your own world!

Visit the kitchen of your home and explore the labels that tell the names of your favorite foods.

  • How many words are familiar to you?
  • Are there other places in your home or community that include words that describe familiar items and places to visit?

Think about the signs and logos found on your toys,and other print you see in your environment when you think about these questions.

Challenge yourself to write 5 of the words you recognized in the first activities from this lesson!

You may use a template to record your environmental print, such as the one shown below. Download and print the I Can Write! template found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

I can write __________.

I can write __________.

I can write __________.

I can write __________.

I can write __________.

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