Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound (e.g., jump, journey, jar).
- Letter J and j placed on a large jar
- J Journey chant (see below)
- Picture cards (see below) or objects of items beginning with J placed around the room
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will go on a journey to find things that begin with the letter J as they practice writing the letter J (and lowercase j) and saying the /j/ sound such as jump, jingle, and jacket.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Show the children the letter J. Have the children name the letter and say the /j/ sound all together.
- Teach the children the J Journey chant. Emphasize the /j/ sound in the J words.
- Have the children search the room for an object or picture of an object beginning with the letter J.
- When a child finds a picture or object, have everyone repeat the J Journey chant while performing the actions (see chant with actions below).
- Have the children circle the letter J on each picture card and say the /j/ sound.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Read target words in a text (see below)
- Read the chant J Journey to the children.
- Have the children find and underline the letter J and j throughout the text, saying the /j/ sound each time they underline the letter.
- Read the J Journey chant again and have the children jump and make the /j/ sound every time they hear a word that begins with the letter J.
Play a memory game
- Cut out two copies of the picture cards (see below), mix them up, and set them out face down.
- Have the children take turns flipping over two cards at a time to find a match.
- Once children find a matching set of pictures, have the child write the letter J and say the /j/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase lowercase letter J with the /j/ sound (e.g., jump, jewel, jeans).
- Jar, pictures (see below) cut out and hidden around the house, J Journey chant (see below)
Activity: Going on a J Journey
- Show your child the letter J. Have he/she name the letter and say the /j/ sound.
- Walk around your house together looking for pictures of things that start with J.
- When you find a picture, recite the J Journey chant together and perform the actions.
- Repeat with all of the pictures.
- Read the J Journey chant with your child. Have your child circle the letter J any time it appears throughout the text.
- Help your child write a letter to a friend who could not come on the J Journey, telling the friend what you found.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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.