Associate the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k with the /k/ sound as in kangaroo, king, and kitten.
- Crown cutouts
- K picture cards
The children will make K crowns so that they can all be King K while they practice saying the /k/ sound in words such as kitten, kite, and kangaroo.
Send objects up, up, and away
- Give each child a crown and some K picture cards.
- Ask the children to circle the letter K in the word on each picture card while they say the /k/ sound.
- Have the children glue the picture cards onto the crown.
- As the children glue the picture cards onto their crowns, have them say the name of the picture, emphasizing the first sound (e.g., /k/, /k/, king).
- Occasionally ask the children what letter the /k/ word starts with.
- Staple the ends of each crown together so each will fit on the children’s heads.
- Talk together about some of the things King K might do in his kingdom (e.g., “King K most likely keeps a kitten in his kingdom,” “King K probably has a key to the kingdom’s palace,” “King K must love flying kites”).
- Have the children put their King K crowns on and have them all perform some K actions with you (e.g., say, “King K karate kicks!” or “King K blows a kiss!”).
- Have the children say, “K!’ as they do the actions.
Read the target letter
- Write a list on the board of things the K King does in his kingdom and actions that begin with K (e.g., kite, kiss, kick).
- Read the list as a group by saying, “/k/, /k/, ___ starts with K.”
- Have the children circle the letter K at the beginning of each word and have them say the /k/ sound each time they circle a letter.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
- Allow the children to draw pictures of things from the activity that begin with the letter K (e.g., kite, key, kitten) on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
- Let the children attach the letters and pictures on the King K crown.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k with the /k/ sound as in king, kitten, and kite.
- K picture cards
- Kingdom picture
- Glue or tape
Activity: King K
- Take turns choosing a picture card.
- For each picture, ask your child, "Does King K keep a k___ in his kingdom?"
- Have your child respond, "Yes, King K keeps a k___ in his kingdom," and attach the picture card to the kingdom picture.
- Continue this process until all the cards have been drawn.
- Read the word on each picture together, emphasizing the /k/ sound (e.g., /k/, /k/, kite).
- When you get done reading the words, ask your child what letter says the /k/ sound.
- On the back of the kingdom picture, write, "King K keeps a kite in his kingdom."
- Repeat for all of the things glued to the kingdom picture to make a list of the things King K keeps.
- Have your child circle the letter K every time it appears in the list of things that King K keeps.
- Have your child say the /k/ sound each time he or she circles a letter.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.