Chew with Charlie

Objective

Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as chop, chomp, and cherries.
 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • chocolate
  • chips
  • cherries
  • cheese
  • chomp
  • chew

Materials:

  • Charlie puppet
  • Picture cards
  • Chomp and Chew chant
  • Sticky notes
  • Ch foods such as chocolate chips, cherries, and Cheerios (optional)
  • Word cards

Overview
The children will choose foods to chew and chomp as they practice saying the /ch/ sound in words that start with the letters ch, such as chips, Cheerios, cherries, and cheese.

Literacy Activities
Help Charlie chomp and chew foods that start with /ch/

  • Assemble the Charlie puppet.
  • Teach the children the Chomp and Chew chant.
  • Explain that teeth are used to chomp and chew things like chips and cheese, emphasizing the /ch/ sound by repeating it a few times before each ch word (i.e., “Mouths can chew /ch/, /ch/, chips and /ch/, /ch/, cheese”).
  • Introduce Charlie the puppet to the children and explain that Charlie only likes to chomp and chew foods that start with the /ch/ sound.
  • Let the children choose a picture to feed to Charlie, then help the children decide whether or not the picture begins with the /ch/ sound.
    • If the food begins with /ch/, allow the children to pretend to let Charlie chomp and chew on it.
    • If the food does not begin with /ch/, set the card in a discard pile.
    • If the children misidentify a food that does not start with /ch/, have them repeat the word with you, emphasizing the beginning sound, then ask the children if that word starts with /ch/ like Charlie.
  • Allow the children to repeat the Chomp and Chew chant as they feed Charlie.
  • Let the children write the letters ch on a sticky note and label each picture that starts with the /ch/ sound.

Chomp and chew foods that begin with /ch/ (optional)

  • Let each child choose a real food (or picture card) that starts with ch by saying, “I choose to chomp and chew ___ (e.g., chips, Cheerios, cherries, cheese)."
  • Have the children write the letters ch on a sticky note and use them to label each food that starts with the /ch/ sound.

More Practice
Identify the target sound

  • Display the Chomp and Chew chant text for all the children to see.
  • Read the text together as a group.
  • Have the children circle the letters ch throughout the text, saying the /ch/ sound each time.
  • Read the text again slowly and have the children pretend to chomp each time they hear a word that begins with the /ch/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the letters ch at the beginning of the words on the word cards.
  • Help the children read the words, emphasizing the /ch/ sound at the beginning of each ch word (e.g., /ch/, /ch/, chip).

SEEL Target Texts

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Chomp and Chew with Charlie

Chomp, chomp, chomp and chew the cheese.
Chew the cheese.
Chew the cheese.
Chomp, chomp, chomp and chew the cheese.
Chomp and chew with Charlie.
 
(Repeat as desired, having the children choose different /ch/ foods to replace the underlined word with, such as chips, cherries, chicken, and chocolate.)

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Objective
Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as chop, chomp, and cherries.

Materials

  • Picture cards
  • Charlie puppet

Activity: Chomp and Chew

  • Cut out the mouth of the Charlie puppet.
  • Introduce your child to Charlie the puppet and explain that Charlie only likes to eat foods that start with the ch sound. 
  • Take turns choosing a ch picture card, and for each card, ask, "Would Charlie like to chomp and chew on ___?"
    • If the word begins with the /ch/ sound, have your child say, "Yes, Charlie would like to chomp and chew on ch___!" and pretend to feed the picture to Charlie.
    • If the word doesn't begin with the /ch/ sound, have your child set it aside.
  • Review the /ch/ picture cards with your child. Have him or her circle the initial ch in each word.

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Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.

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