Cooking Caramel Cookies


Associate the letter C with the /k/ sound (e.g., the /k/ sound in cookies, candy, caramel).


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cook
  • caramel
  • cookies
  • candy


  • Aprons (1 for each child (optional))
  • Mixing bowl, mixing spoon, measuring cups, and paper towels
  • Caramel Cookie ingredients:
    • Chocolate cake mix
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 package of Rolo chocolate candies (unwrapped)
  • Previously prepared caramel cookies (if an oven is inaccessible)
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Cook and Clean target text (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Circle C Design (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will cook caramel cookies as they practice the /k/ sound in words that begin with the letter C such as cook, caramel, cookies, and candy.

Practice the skill within an activity

Find Caramel Cookies

  • Place picture cards (see below) around the classroom.
  • Instruct the children to find a cookie card.
  • Have the children chant, “/k/, /k/, /k/” as they search around the classroom.
  • Have the children say, “C for cookie” when they find a cookie.
  • Write a letter C on the back of the card.

Cook caramel cookie recipes

  • Mix ingredients in a bowl except for the Rolos. Mixture should have the texture of play dough. Take a small spoonful of cookie mix and roll a Rolo into the center. Place on a non-greased pan about one inch apart. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for seven to eight minutes until cookies start to crackle. Let cookies cool completely before serving them to the children. (The cookies will flatten out as they cool.)
  • If you do not have access to an oven, set the unbaked cookies aside and serve previously prepared caramel cookies.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read Cook and Clean

  • Display the target text Cook and Clean (see below) so that all of the children can see it.
  • Read the text together as a class.
  • Allow the children to take turns pointing to all of the Cs in the text while saying "says /k/."

Cool the Cookie (Similar to Hot Potato)

  • Sit around in a circle.
  • Set a timer for a short amount of time.
  • Pass around a cookie, and each time a child gets it have them say, “/k/ - /k/ - cookie starts with C.”
  • Have the child who is holding the cookie when the timer goes off step out of the circle.
  • Continue until only one child remains as the winner.

Make a C design

  • Give the children a Circle Design page (see below).
  • Have the children place a letter C or c card (see below) on each space along the circle, saying the /k/ sound each time they place a new letter card.

SEEL Target Texts

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Cook and Clean

I can cook.
I can cook a cookie.
I can cook a caramel cookie.
I can clean.
I can clean up.
I can clean up after I cook.
I can clean up after I cook a caramel cookie.
Can you?


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter C with the /k/ sound (e.g., the /k/ sound in cookie, clean, caramel).


  • Cookie picture cards
  • Pencil

Activity: /k/ - /k/ - Cookies

  • Hide cookie picture cards around the room.
  • Instruct your child to find the cookies while chanting "/k/, /k/, /k/" as he/she searches.
  • Have your child say, "C for /k/ - /k/ - cookie" when they find a cookie.
  • Write a letter C on the back of the card. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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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.