Buzz the Bear


Associate the letter B (and lowercase b) with the /b/ sound as in bear, bake, and birthday.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bear
  • bake
  • batter
  • birthday
  • bowl
  • beat


  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Picture cards (see below) -- at least one per child
  • Stuffed bear or Buzz the Bear graphic (see below)
  • Buzz’s Birthday Batter target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will make a birthday cake for Buzz the Bear and will practice saying the /b/ sound in words that start with the letter B, such as big, berry, butter, birthday, and bear.

Practice the skill within an activity

Find ingredients for Buzz's birthday cake

  • Place the picture cards around the room (see below).
  • Write the letter B (and lowercase b) on the whiteboard and point out that the letter B makes the /b/ sound.
  • Explain to the children that it is Buzz the Bear's birthday and that he wants a cake made with only ingredients that start with the letter B. 
  • Tell the children that they need to find those ingredients (the picture cards) which are hidden around the room.
  • Have the children find the pictures and help them decide whether or not each word starts with B like bear.
  • When the children find a word that begins with the /b/ sound, ask them to say, “The letter B says /b/” and have them circle the letter B in the word on the card.
  • Ask the children what other words they can think of that start with the letter B /b/ sound, write them on the board, and have the children circle the or b in their word.

Beat the batter

  • Let the children put the picture cards in the bowl and tell them they can pretend that the cards are cake batter.
  • Allow the children to take turns beating the batter then pretend to bake it.
  • Have the children pretend to feed Buzz the Bear the baked birthday batter.

Apply the skill

Read target words in a text

  • Display the target text Buzz’s Birthday Batter story (see below) so that all of the children can see it.
  • Read the text together as a group.
  • Have the children underline the letter B throughout the text and have them say the /b/ sound each time they underline the letter B.

Writing the target letter

  • Create a hopscotch-like game by drawing bubbles in a hopscotch formation on a large piece of paper or by taping circles of paper on the floor.
  • Invite the children to write a B  on each bubble.
  • Have the children say the /b/ sound as they bounce from bubble to bubble.

SEEL Target Texts

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Buzz's Birthday Batter

Add butter, berries, and bananas to a bowl of batter.
Beat the batter in the bowl.
Bake the batter to make a birthday cake.
Feed big bites of birthday cake to Buzz the bear.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter B (and lowercase b) with the /b/ sound as in bear, bake, and birthday. 


  • Bowl 
  • Paper
  • Toy bear (or other stuffed animal)

Activity: Make a birthday band

  • Before the activity, cut a piece of paper in half lengthwise and tape the ends together to make a birthday band (crown) about the size of your child’s head.
  • Invite your child to help write simple words that begin with the letter B (bat, bin, box) and some that do not (cat, car, cot) on small pieces of paper, put them in a bowl, and stir them up.
  • Tell your child that you need to find words that begin with B to make into a birthday band for a toy bear.
  • Take turns pulling papers out of the bowl and reading them to identify which ones start with the /b/ sound (support as needed).
  • If a word starts with /b/, have your child circle the B or b, then tape or staple the paper to the band.
  • When all the words that begin with B have been attached to the birthday band, put the band on a toy bear (or other stuffed animal), and have a pretend birthday party.
  • Take turns pointing to the letter B and reading the words on the birthday band to the bear together.


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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.