Jumping for Joy


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • jingle
  • jump
  • joy
  • juggle


  • Something for each child to jingle (e.g., bells or keys on a ring)
  • Large letter cards
  • Small letter cards
  • Jump for Joy text
  • Jack and Jill text

Tell the children they will pretend to be joyful as they jump and jingle and say the /j/ sound in words such as jingle, joy,  and juggle.

Literacy Activities
Jump for Joy

  • Show the children the letter J and remind them that J says the /j/ sound.
  • Have the children stand up and follow your instructions as you say each part of the activity routine. Hold up the large letter cards as you say the chant.
  • Repeat the chant, having children join in with the words while they perform the actions.
  • Make a list of the words from the activity that begin with the /j/ sound (i.e., joyfully, jumping, jump, joy, jingling, jingle, juggling, juggle). Have the children circle the letter j in each word on the list.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Jump for J

  • Hide the small letter cards around the room.
  • Have the children search for the letters.
  • When children find the letter J or j have them say the /j/ sound and jump up and down.

Read target words in a text

  • Read the Jump for Joy text to the children.
  • Have the children circle every letter J and j.
  • Read the text again and have the children say the /j/ sound each time you come to a letter J or j.
  • Repeat with the text Jack and Jill.
  • Large Letter Cards (to hold up during the Jump for Joy activity)

SEEL Target Texts

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Jump for Joy

Joyfully jumping, jumping, jumping.
Joyfully jumping,
Jumping for joy!
Jump, jump, jump for joy!
Joyfully jingling, jingling, jingling.
Joyfully jingling.
Jingling for joy!
Jingle, jingle, jingle for joy!
Joyfully juggling, juggling, juggling.
Joyfully juggling,
Juggling for joy!
Juggle, juggle, juggle for joy!

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill jogged up the hill
And danced a little jig.
Jack jumped up - what a jolly boy!
Then Jill jumped up with him.


SEEL At Home

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


  • Jack and Jill poem
  • Letter Cards
  • Paper and pencil 

Activity: Jumping for Joy

  • Do the actions together as you recite the Jack and Jill poem.
  • Have your child circle the letter J and j in the poem. Emphasize that the letter J makes the /j/ sound.
  • Have your child write the letter J and j while saying the /j/ sound (provide support as needed).
  • Play a game called Jump for a J:
    • Hide letter cards around the room then have your child search for the letters.
    • Together with your child, jump for joy and say the /j/ sound every time a J or j is found.
  • 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.