Neat New Necktie


Associate the letter N (and lowercase letter n) with the /n/ sound (e.g., necktie, neat, note).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • new
  • necktie
  • nose
  • nest
  • news
  • nail
  • nuts


  • Net
  • Noodles or nuts (to make an N)
  • Necktie graphic
  • N picture cards
  • N and non-N picture cards (for Pass the Net game)

Tell the children they will make a neat new necktie as they practice saying the /n/ sound in words such as news, nest, and nail.

Literacy Activities
Make a neat new necktie

  • Show the children one of the neckties and explain that there is nothing on it except a capital and lowercase letter Nn. Explain that the N says /n/.
  • Hand out the paper neckties to the children when they say the sound the N makes.
  • Show the children the N picture cards and have them attach nine pictures on Ned’s new necktie to make it look neat.
  • As the children attach the pictures on the necktie, ask them what they are putting on Ned’s new necktie and have them point to each letter N and say its sound.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Make a neat N

  • Write a letter N with a glue stick.
  • Stick noodles or nuts on the glue while producing the /n/ sound.

Play Pass the Net game

  • Fill a bag with N and non-N picture cards (folded in half).
  • Have the children sit in a circle to take turns passing the net.
  • Have each child remove a card to decide if it begins with the letter N.
  • The child will then replace the folded card in the net, shake it and pass it along.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write capitol N and lowercase n on their necktie next to each item that begins with an N.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter n (and capital N) with the /n/ sound (e.g., necktie, nuts, nest).


  • Necktie graphic cut out and hole punch twice at the top
  • Nine N picture cards cut out
  • Scissors, glue or tape, string or elastic

Activity: Neat New Necktie

  • Have your child attach the letter N picture cards to the necktie.
  • Encourage your child to say, "I'm putting a ____ on my neat new necktie," each time he or she adds a new picture to the necktie.
  • When your child is done attaching the pictures to the tie, point to each picture and say its name together.
  • After saying all of the picture names, ask your child what sound each word begins with.
  • Attach the string or elastic through the holes in the necktie and have your child put on his or her neat new necktie.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.N Picture Word Cards
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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.