Chip and Chop
Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound as in chop, cheese, chocolate.
- Real items to chip or chop (i.e., chips, plain chocolate bar, chunk of cheese, Cheerios)
- Substitutes: cardstock paper "chocolate bar" cut into "chips"; playdoh to chop
- Plastic knife
- Picture/Food cards (see below)
- Word blending cards (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will chip and chop different things while they practice saying the /ch/ sound in words that start with the letters ch, such as chop, chip, cheese, and chunk.
Practice the skill within an activity
Chop and chip chunks
- Write the letters ch on the board and explain that the letters c and h spelled together make the /ch/ sound.
- Tell the children that they can hear the /ch/ sound in chop, chunks, and chip.
- Show the children items that begin with /ch/ (e.g., chips, chunk of cheese, chocolate, Cheerios).
- Explain that chopping is when we cut something into chunks or pieces, and chipping is when we cut off small pieces called chips.
- Demonstrate how to chop a piece off of a chunk of cheese (or playdough) and how to chip off small pieces from the chocolate bar (or a piece of cardstock colored like a chocolate bar, already cut into little "chips") using a plastic knife.
- Let the children take turns chipping and chopping real or pretend items that begin with the /ch/ sound.
- Make a list of the words from the activity that begin with /ch/ (e.g., chip, chop, chunks, cheese, chocolate, Cheerio).
- Have the children circle the letters ch in each word and ask them to produce the /ch/ sound each time they circle the letters.
Apply the skill
Play 'Choose Ch' (‘Go Fish’ for ch words)
- Have the children circle the letters ch in the words on each picture card (see below) and emphasize that the letters c and h spelled together make the /ch/ sound.
- Demonstrate how children can use picture cards to find words that begin with ch.
- Shuffle the picture cards and help the children pass out the cards, distributing them equally between four players.
- Hold the cards so friends can’t see (place them in one hand with the cards facing away from others).
- Lay down any pairs of cards they have in their hand.
- Take turns picking a card from the other player to make pairs (lay pairs face up on the floor) or skip a turn if a pair was not possible.
- Explain that the first child to lay down all of their matches and get rid of all of their cards is the winner and says “Cheer for /ch/!”
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- chip → chin → chick
- chip → chop; chomp → chimp
Write words with the target letter
- Let the children write chip and chop on a piece of paper then allow them to pretend to chop the words with a plastic knife.
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.
Chip and Chop