Go Get the Gold


Associate the letter G (and lowercase g) with the /g/ sound (e.g., the /g/ sound in go, gift, gold).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Stars (see below) printed on yellow or gold paper
  • Glue and gold glitter
  • 2 Gold Gift Boxes (wrap boxes in gold paper and place at opposite end of room from stars)
  • Letter signs (see below)
  • 3 chairs
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they 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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Practice the skill within an activity

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 hard /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:
    • Line up by the gold gift boxes.
    • Run to the opposite wall (the first child in line).
    • Grab a gold glitter star and write the letter G on the star.
    • Run back saying, “I got a /g/ - /g/ - gold star with a G.”
    • Place the gold star in the team’s gold gift box.
    • Repeat the game 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.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Go get the G

  • Place letter signs (see below) on three chairs.
  • Give each child a gold star with the letter G written on it.
  • Have the children choose the chair with the letter that matches the letter on their gold star.
  • Have the children sit in the chair and say the /g/ sound.

Glue and glitter a G

  • Write the letters G and g with glue.
  • Sprinkle glitter on the glue and shake off the extra while producing the /g/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter G and the lowercase letter g using the writing practice page, while producing the /g/ sound.
  • As they write, point out the shapes included in the letters G and g (i.e., lines, circles and half circles, hook).
  • Let the children trace the letters with glue and cover them with gold glitter (optional).


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Associate the letter G (and lowercase g) with the /g/ sound (e.g., the /g/ sound in go, gift, gold).


  • Stars (see below) colored gold and scattered at one end of a room
  • Gold/yellow crayons or glue and gold glitter (optional)
  • Two boxes (labeled "gift" and placed at the opposite end of the room from the stars)

Activity: Go for the Gold 

  • Cut out the stars then color the stars gold/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 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.