Noodle Necklace


Associate the uppercase letter N (and lowercase letter n) with the /n/ sound (e.g., noodle, net, necklace).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • noodle
  • necklace
  • needle
  • net
  • note


  • 1 pre-made noodle necklace
  • String (about 20 inches long) (wrap tape around one tip) —1 for each child
  • Dry noodles (e.g., macaroni, penne, or any pasta with holes)
  • Picture cards (hole punched at the top)—6 for each child
  • Letter cards (hole punched at the top)—6 for each child
  • Writing practice page

Tell the children they will make noodle necklaces as they practice saying the /n/ sound in words such as notebook, nice, and neighborhood.

Literacy Activities
Make a Noodle Necklace

  • Review the pictures with the children, pointing to the beginning letter of each word and emphasizing the /n/ sound. (e.g., /n/ - /n/ - nuts).
  • Give each child string, noodles, pictures cards, and letter cards.
  • Encourage the children to say the name of each picture as they string it on the necklace.
  • When children have finished, help them tie their necklaces around their necks.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Read words with the target letter

  • Make a list of the pictures children have on their noodle necklaces.
  • Read the list, emphasizing the /n/ sound in each word.
  • Read the list again, but this time have the children write the letter N each time they hear the /n/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the capital letter N and the lowercase letter n, while producing the /n/ sound.
  • Have the children draw a picture of an object that starts with /n/ in the space underneath the letters.


SEEL At Home

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Write or say the /n/ sound when shown the letter Nn: nail, nose, nine.


  • Paper, pencil, and picture cards

Activity: N Walk

  • Have your child show you the noodle necklace that was made in class or make a necklace with noodles, picture cards and string (about 20 inches long).
  • Take a nature walk outside and/or hunt inside the house to search for things that begin with the /n/ sound (e.g., nests, nuts, nose, net).
  • Help your child write a list of the things you found that begin with the letter N.
  • Read the list together. Have your child identify the letter N at the beginning of each word. When you finish reading the list, point to the letter N at the beginning of a few of the words and ask your child what sound this letter makes. 
  • 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.