Go Get the Gold


Associate the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with the /g/ sound in words such as go, gift, and gold.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • go
  • gold
  • gift
  • glitter
  • glue
  • gone


  • Gold glitter-decorated stars
  • Two gold gift boxes

The children will race for gold stars and practice saying the /g/ sound in words that begin with the letter G, such as gold, green, and gift.

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Literacy Activities
Go get gold stars

  • Set up gold stars and gold gift boxes on opposite ends of the room.
  • Write the letters G and g on a whiteboard, demonstrate the /g/ sound, and invite the children to say words that start with the /g/ sound, such as gold, gift, glitter, and go.
  • Separate the children into two teams.
  • Explain the goal of the game and demonstrate how to play:
    • The children line up by the gold gift boxes.
    • The first child runs to the opposite wall.
    • The child grabs a gold glitter star and writes the letter G on the star.
    • The child runs back saying, “I got a /g/, /g/, gold star with a G.”
    • The child places the gold star in the team’s gold gift box.
    • The game repeats with the next child in line.
    • Whenever a new runner starts, have the team shout, “/g/, /g/, go!”
    • When all the gold stars are gone, count how many are in each gold gift box.

More Practice
Identify the target sound 

  • Give a star to each child.
  • Slowly read a list of words with the /g/ and non-/g/ sounds (e.g., gold, glitter, cat, go, fish) out loud. 
  • Have the children raise their stars in the air when they hear a word beginning with the /g/ sound. 


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with the /g/ sound in words such as go, gift, and gold.


  • Stars
  • Gold or yellow crayons, or glue and gold glitter (optional)
  • Two boxes 
  • Writing practice page

Activity: Go for the Gold

  • Cut out the stars and then color the stars gold or yellow, or cover them with gold glitter (optional).
  • Scatter the gold stars at one end of the room.
  • Label two boxes with the word gift and place them at the opposite end of the room.
  • To begin, one person will say, "Get set! Go for the Gold!"
  • Run from the gift boxes to the other side of the room, grab a gold star, write a G on the star, run back saying, "I got a /g/, /g/, gold star with a G," and put the gold star in a gift box.
  • Repeat until all the gold stars are gone.
  • Help your child practice writing the letters G and g while saying the /g/ sound for each letter.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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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.