Dynamic Dot Bingo


Associate the letter D (and lowercase letter d) with the /d/ sound (e.g., dot, dad, deer).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dot
  • dog
  • duck
  • deer
  • dad


  • D Bingo Playing Cards (see below)
  • Individual D Bingo Cards (see below)
  • Container (for individual Bingo cards)
  • Dots (see below) to mark the squares 

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will play a game of Dynamite Dot Bingo as they practice saying the /d/ sound in words that begin with the letter D such as dot, dynamite, and dog.

Practice the skill within an activity

Dot bingo

  • Give each child a Bingo card (see below) and leave enough dots for each child in the middle of the table.
  • Have the children name the pictures on the playing cards. Emphasize that the word for each picture on the cards begins with the letter D, which makes the /d/ sound.
  • Draw an individual Bingo card from the container. If the children have the corresponding picture on their card, have them put a dot on it and say, for example, “Dot, dot, dot on /d//d/ - duck.”
  • When a child gets Bingo (single line horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or black out), have them call out, “Dynamite!”
  • When a child calls out “Dynamite!” have them say the words underneath each dot saying, for example “/d//d/ - dog starts with D” each time.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words

  • Have the children help you write a list of the words on the bingo cards, letting the children write the D at the beginning of the word: dots, dollar, deer, darts, duck, diamond, dad, dance, dice, daisy, dog, donkey, dandelion, dishes, dinosaur, dolphin, dress, desk, Dave, door, donuts, Dan, drum, dragon.
  • Read the list together as a group, pointing to each word as you read it.
  • Point out that all of the words begin with the letter D which makes the /d/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Have the children write the letter uppercase letter D and lowercase letter on the back of each of their dot cards (from the previous Bingo game).
  • Play Dynamite Dot Bingo again, having the children use the letter D side of the dot cards (instead of the dot side) to mark off the bingo squares.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d with the /d/ sound (e.g., dot, doe, duck).


  • D Picture Cards (see below)
  • Timer/stopwatch/clock (optional)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Activity: D Dash

  • Put the D picture cards at one end of the room or yard.
  • Stand with your child at the other end of the room or yard. When you say, "Ready, set, dash!" have your child run to the D picture cards and choose one. Before he or she brings the card back, have your child say the name of the item on the card, emphasizing the /d/ sound (e.g., /d/ - /d/ - dog). Then have your child run back with the card. 
  • Take turns running and choosing cards until all of the picture cards have been chosen.  Have your child circle the letter D in the word on each card.
  • Time yourself and repeat the activity to try to get faster (optional).
  • Make a list of the words from the activity, letting your child write the letter D at the beginning of the word.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



See More

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.