Associate the uppercase letter N (and lowercase letter n) with the /n/ sound (e.g., noodle, net, necklace).
- 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 (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will make noodle necklaces as they practice saying the /n/ sound in words such as notebook, nice, and neighborhood.
Practice the skill within an activity
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 (see below), and letter cards (see below).
- 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.
Apply the skill (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 (see below)
- 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
Write or say the /n/ sound when shown the letter Nn: nail, nose, nine.
- Paper, pencil, and picture cards (see below)
Activity: N Walk
- Have your child show you the noodle necklace that was made in class or make a necklace with noodles, picture cards (see below) 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.
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.