Big Blue Banner


Associate the uppercase letter B (and lowercase letter b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., blue, banner, brown).


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • big
  • banner
  • blue
  • black
  • brown


  • Big sheet of blue butcher paper
  • Objects or picture cards of objects (see graphics below)
  • Black, blue, and brown markers

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will decorate a banner with things that start with the letter B as they practice saying the /b/ sound in words that start with the letter B such as big, banner, bow, best, and beautiful.

Practice the skill within an activity

Decorate the Big Blue Banner

  • Work together with the children to attach objects or picture cards (see graphics below) of things that begin with the letter B to the Big Blue Banner (the big sheet of blue butcher paper).
  • As a child attaches a picture or an object beginning with the /b/ sound, have them say the name of the object, emphasizing the /b/ sound (e.g., /b/ - /b/ - /b/ - bow).
  • Make comments such as the following throughout the activity, emphasizing words that start with B:
    • That bow on the banner is beautiful.
    • Bring buttons to put on the big blue banner.
    • Let’s put the bat between the bee and butterfly on the banner.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words

  • Have the children recall the items they put on the Big Blue Banner, and list them on the board.
  • Read the words together as a class.
  • Emphasize that each word starts with the letter B which makes the /b/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Let the children use black, blue, or brown markers to write the letter B on the Big Blue Banner.
  • Help the children write the uppercase letter B (and the lowercase b), while producing the /b/ sound.
  • As the children write, point out the shapes included in the letter B and b (i.e., lines, and half circles).


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter B and (lowercase b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., blue, banner, brown).


  • Blue construction paper
  • Pictures of items that begin with the letter B (see below)
  • Additional objects or pictures of things beginning with the letter B (optional)
  • Tape or glue
  • Black, blue, or brown markers

Activity: Blue Banner

  • Help your child attach B picture cards and objects to the blue construction paper to make a blue banner.
  • As you attach things to the Blue Banner, make comments emphasizing words that start with the /b/ sound (e.g.; "You made lots of beautiful bows on the blue banner. Our blue banner is brilliant!" etc.).
  • Using a blue, brown, or black marker, help your child write the letter B (and lowercase b) on the banner while producing the /b/ sound.
  • Help your child write words that begin with the letter B on the Big Blue Banner.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Picture Cards


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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.