Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as chop, cheese, and chocolate.
- Real items to chip or chop (e.g., chips, plain chocolate bar, chunk of cheese, Cheerios)
- Substitutes: cardstock paper "chocolate bar" cut into "chips"; playdough to chop
- Plastic knife
- Picture cards*
- Word blending cards*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that 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.
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 chop means to cut something into chunks or pieces and chip means to 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 words said in 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 have them produce the /ch/ sound each time they circle the letters.
Play “Choose Ch” (Go Fish for ch words)
- Have the children circle the letters ch in the words on each picture card 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.
- Show the children how to hold the cards so friends can’t see (place them in one hand with the cards facing away from others).
- Have the children lay down any pairs of cards they have in their hand.
- Let the children take turns picking a card from another player to make pairs (lay pairs face up on the floor), or let them skip a turn if a pair is 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, 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 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.
Chip and Chop