Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound as in jingle, jump, and joy.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • jingle
  • jump
  • joy
  • juggle


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

The children 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 makes 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 read the Jump for Joy target text.
  • Repeat the chant, having the 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 (e.g., joyfully, jumping, jump, joy, jingling, jingle, juggling, juggle). Have the children circle the letter j in each word on the list.

More Practice
Jump for J

  • Hide the small letter cards around the room.
  • Have the children search for the letters.
  • When children find a 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 target 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 Jack and Jill target text.
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SEEL Target Texts

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.
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SEEL At Home


Associate the uppercase letter J and lowercase letter j with the /j/ sound as in jingle, jump, and joy.


  • Jack and Jill target text

Activity: Jumping for Joy

  • Do the actions together as you read the Jack and Jill target text.
  • Have your child circle the letters J and j in the poem, and emphasize that the letter J makes the /j/ sound.
  • Have your child write the letters J and j while saying the /j/ sound (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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.