Inside the Igloo


Associate the letter I (and lowercase letter i) with the short /i/ sound (e.g. the /i/ sound in igloo, inch, imagine).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • igloo
  • inside
  • it
  • is
  • if
  • imagine
  • inventor


  • Igloo graphic (see below)
  • Igloo (turn a plastic bowl or cup upside down)
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Ruler
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • Practice writing page (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will put pictures of words that start with I and make the /i/ sound inside an igloo such as iguana, inchworm, and infant

Practice the skill within an activity
Inspect the i pictures

  • Help the children make an igloo by turning a white box, plastic bowl or cup upside down, attaching the igloo graphic then cutting out a door on the dotted line (you may choose to make the igloo before the activity to save time).
  • Place picture cards (see below) of words beginning with the short /i/ sound and picture cards that do not begin with the short /i/ sound (see below) around the room.
  • Emphasizing the target sound tell the children to use a magnifying glass to inspect each picture. Have them decide if each picture starts with i like igloo.
  • When a child finds a word or picture beginning with i have him/her say, “I found an ______.”
  • Have the children use a ruler to inspect one another’s pictures to see if they are one inch.
  • Tell the children to place the picture cards inside the igloo.
  • If a child mistakenly identifies a picture that does not start with the short /i/ sound then ask the child if the word starts with /i/ like igloo. You can help them differentiate the different sounds by putting extra emphasis on the beginning sounds of each word.
  • Repeat the activity using word cards (see below). Provide help as needed as the children read the written words.

Invite inside the igloo

  • Gather the children in a circle and pretend to be inside an igloo.
  • Tell the children they will imagine having a party inside the igloo, and that they will invite imaginary people and animals to come to the party, but they can only invite animals and people that start with the short /i/ sound (e.g., inventor, insect, inchworm, infant, iguana, illustrator, inspector).
  • Make a list of the people and objects the children would like to invite to the imaginary party.
  • Have each child write the sentence, “I will invite an _____ inside the igloo” choosing an animal or person from the list to invite inside the igloo for the imaginary party.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their head (beginning), their stomach (middle) and knees (end) (e.g. cat = /c/ tap head, /a/ tap stomach, /t/ tap knees). Point out that all of the words have the /i/ sound in the middle of the word.
    • pig = /p/ /i/ /g/
    • sit = /s/ /i/ /t/
    • fin = /f/ /i/ /n/
    • lid = /l/ /i/ /d/
  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their head (beginning sound), their shoulders (middle sound) and knees (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /c/ tap head, /a/ tap shoulders, /t/ tap knees = cat clap hands).
    • /p/ /i/ /g// = pig
    • /s/ /i/ /t/ = sit
    • /f/ /i/ /n/ = fin
    • /l/ /i/ /d/ = lid
  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: pig → dig; bit → sit; hid → lid
    • Change the ending sound: fit → fin; sit → sip; bin → bid
    • Change the middle sound: pit → pot; bin → bun; did → dad

Practice writing the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter I and the lowercase letter i then draw pictures of things they found while inspecting words that start with i.


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Associate the letter i (and capital I) with the short ĭ sound (e.g., igloo, inch, is).


  • Pictures that start with ĭ and pictures that do not start with ĭ (see below)
  • Igloo (turn a white paper cup upside down, attach the igloo graphic, then cut a door)
  • Ruler

Activity: Inside the Igloo

  • Make an igloo using the graphic below and a white paper cup.
  • Hide the pictures around the room in places where your child will be able to find them. 
  • Inspect the room to find all of the pictures that start with the letter I, which makes the ĭ sound like igloo.
  • Inspect each picture with a ruler and decide whether or not the pictures measure one inch.
  • Help your child decide which pictures start with ĭ like igloo and place those pictures in the igloo, saying "an i___ can go inside an igloo."
  • Have your child write the capital letter I (and lowercase i) several times then draw a picture of something that starts with ĭ.
  • Remember to be playful and have fun!



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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.