Fran's Funny Frame


Associate the uppercase letter F (and lowercase letter f) with the /f/ sound (e.g., funny, frame, feather).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • frame
  • funny
  • find
  • feather
  • flower
  • fan
  • farmer


  • Large frame cut from cardboard or heavy paper
  • Cut the opening in the center large enough to frame the F and f letter cards and the picture cards
  • Picture words (see below)
  • Objects that begin or do not begin with the /f/ sound (optional)
  • F and f letter cards (see below)
  • Fran’s Funny Frame target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will make a funny frame for Fran as they practice saying the /f/ sound in words that begin with F such as fan, fox, flag, and funny.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make a funny frame

  • Show the children the large frame and glue the F and f letter cards inside the frame.
  • Tell the children the frame belongs to a friend named Fran and explain that Fran only wants things that begin with the letter F inside her funny frame.
  • Have the children choose a picture card (see below) or an object (optional).
  • Help the children decide whether the item belongs inside the frame.
    • If the item starts with the /f/ sound, have the children glue or tape it inside Fran’s frame.
    • If the item does not start with the /f/ sound, have them discard it.
  • Make a list of the pictures (or objects) attached to the frame (i.e., fairy, feather, footprints, fish, frog, fox, fan, farmer, flag, and flower).
  • Emphasize that each word begins with the letter F which makes the /f/ sound like in the word frame.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Fran’s Funny Frame to the children.
  • Have the children find and underline the letters f and F throughout the text, saying the /f/ sound each time they underline the letter f or F.
  • Read the text again and have the children wiggle their fingers every time they hear a word that starts with the /f/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Have the children write the uppercase letter F and the lowercase letter f, while producing the /f/ sound (provide support as needed).
  • Have the children glue their letters to Fran’s frame.

SEEL Target Texts

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Fran's Funny Frame

I can find a fan
in Fran’s funny frame.
I can find a fox
in Fran’s funny frame.
I can find a flag
in Fran’s funny frame.
I can find a fish
in Fran’s funny frame.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter F (and lowercase f) with the /f/ sound (e.g., frame, fox, feather).


  • 2 sheets of cardstock to make Fran's funny frame
  • Pictures of words that start with F and words that do not start with F (see below) 
  • Glue or tape and a pencil

Activity: Fran's Funny Frame

  • Make Fran's funny frame together. As you create the funny frame, try to use words and phrases beginning with the letter F (e.g.; Fran's funny frame looks fabulous! Could we fit a feather onto Fran's funny frame?).
  • Cut a rectangle from the middle of one of the sheets of cardstock, leaving a 3" border. Attach the full sheet of cardstock to the back of the sheet with the border. 
  • Take turns choosing a picture and deciding if the object shown begins with the /f/ sound. If it does, glue or tape it to Fran's funny frame (i.e., fairy, feather, footprints, fish, frog, fox, fan, farmer, flag, flower). If the picture does not begin with F, discard it.
  • Attach the frame to the other piece of cardstock.
  • Have your child write the uppercase letter F and lowercase letter f around the border of the frame (provide support as needed). Emphasize that the letter F makes the /f/ sound.



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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.