Chimpanzees and Chickens

Chimpanzees and Chickens
Target text


Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as cheese, cheer, and chimpanzee.


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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • chimpanzee
  • chicken
  • cheese
  • chomp
  • cheer
  • chase


  • Three chairs
  • Animal signs*
  • Small letter cards*
  • Large letter cards*
  • Picture cards in a bag*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will choose chimpanzees and chickens as they practice saying the /ch/ sound in words that start with the letters ch, such as chimpanzee, chicken, cheese, chips, chomp, and cheer.

Literacy Activities
Choose a chimpanzee or chicken

  • Write the letters ch on the board and tell the children that the letters ch written together make the /ch/ sound.
  • Place two chairs on one side of the room, each with an animal sign on it, then have the children stand at the opposite side of the room.
  • Put a roll of tape or a blob of sticky tack on the back of the small letter cards and give the cards to the children.
  • Instruct the children to choose chimpanzee or chicken, then have them tape their letter cards to the chair with the corresponding sign.
  • Have the children say, “/ch/, /ch/, /ch/” as they carry their letter card across the room.
  • Count the letter cards on each sign to determine which animal has the most ch letter cards once all of the children have chosen an animal.
  • Have the children cheer for the animal with the most ch letter cards.

Choose a chair

  • Place each of the three large letter cards on separate chairs.
  • Take the small letter cards off the chimpanzee and chicken chairs and give them back to the children.
  • Have the children choose the chair with the letter card that matches their small letter cards.
  • Allow the children to take turns sitting in the chairs while saying the /ch/ sound.

More Practice
Identify words with the target sound

  • Place the picture cards in a bag.
  • Have the children each choose a picture card and help them decide whether or not the word on the card begins with the letters ch.
    • If the word on the card begins with the letters ch, have the children place it on the ch chair from the activity above.
    • If the word on the card does not begin with the letters ch, place it in a discard pile.
  • Emphasize that the words beginning with the letters ch start with the /ch/ sound.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.