J Journey


Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound (e.g., jump, journey, jar).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • journey
  • jar
  • jump
  • joy
  • jewel
  • jingle
  • jacket


  • 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

J Journey

  • 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

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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.

Chant and Pictures


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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.