Barbara's Banana Bread


Associate the letter B (and lowercase b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., bear, buy, baked).


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • best
  • baked
  • buns
  • banana
  • bread
  • bits
  • buy


  • Signs (see graphic below)
  • Grid (see graphic below)
  • Bits of buns, banana bread, bread, brownies or bagels to taste (optional)
  • Pictures of baked goods (buns, bagels, banana bread, etc.)
  • Bills, Big B Tokens and Small b Tokens (see graphics below)
  • Barbara’s Best Banana Bread (see text below)
  • Baked Goods to Buy at Barbara’s Bakery (see text below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will go to Barbara’s bakery to buy buns, bagels, brownies or banana bread and tell them they will practice saying the /b/ sound in words that start with the letter B such as banana, bits, and best.
Practice the skill within an activity

Browse baked items

  • State that the words bread, buns, bake, brownies and banana all begin with the letter B, and the letter B makes the /b/ sound.
  • Set up Barbara’s bakery by putting out pictures of baked goods that begin with /b/ and a piece of bread (optional); place out the signs ‘Barbara’s Best Bakery’ and ‘Buy Baked Goods at Barbara’s Bakery’ (see graphic below) and label the baked goods: buns, bread, brownies, bagels.
  • Show the children the things in the bakery: the bread, buns, brownies or bagels (pictures and/or real bread or buns).
  • Comment on the baked goods: “This is the best banana bread that Barbara bakes!” “These are buttery buns. Look at the beautiful bagels.”
  • Count the number of items in the bakery and have the children write one letter B for every word that begins with the /b/ sound.
  • Throughout the activity, make comments to emphasize the /b/ sound: “Better buy Barbara’s best banana bread.” “These buns are better than buns at any other bakery.” “These are the best bakery baked buns – baked with butter.” “What beautiful banana bread!” “Barbara never burns her baked goods.”
  • Buy baked items
    • Ask the children if they want a bit or a bite of Barbara’s best-baked banana bread (or best baked buns, bread, bagels, or brownies if any of those baked goods are available).
    • Tell the children they can buy bits and bites of Barbara’s best banana bread with Bs that make the /b/ sound, the sound they hear when they say “Barbara’s best baked banana bread”.
    • Let the children write a B or trace a B on the grid with Bs (see graphic below) in order to get a bit of bread. Have them say the /b/ sound each time they write or trace a letter B.
    • Let the children pay for the baked goods with a pretend dollar bill or with pretend B tokens. They can use Bills to Buy Baked Goods or can buy bits of baked goods with Big B Tokens and Small b Tokens (see graphics below).
Apply the skill

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)

  • Read the text Barbara’s Best Banana Bread to the children.
  • Have the children underline the words that begin with B, saying /b/ every time they underline a word.
  • Repeat with the text Baked Goods to Buy at Barbara’s Bakery (optional).

SEEL Target Texts

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Barbara's Best Banana Bread

Barbara bakes banana bread.
Barbara bakes the BEST banana bread.
Try a bit of Barbara’s best banana bread.
Take a bite of Barbara’s best banana bread.
Break the banana bread into bits.
Break the banana bread into bite-size bits.
Take bits and bites of Barbara’s best banana bread.

Baked Goods to Buy at Barbara's Bakery

Barbara’s bakery sells baked goods.
It sells the BEST baked goods.
Buy buns, bagels, and bread at Barbara’s bakery.
Buy the best banana bread at Barbara’s bakery.
Buy bread, buns, brownies or bagels at Barbara’s bakery with a dollar bill.
Buy bagels, buns, brownies and bread made with butter at Barbara’s bakery.
Buy the best buns, bagels, brownies and banana bread at Barbara’s bakery!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.