Noodle Necklace

Noodle Necklace
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter N and lowercase letter n with the /n/ sound as in noodle, net, and necklace.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • noodle
  • necklace
  • needle
  • net
  • note


  • One premade noodle necklace
  • String for each child (about 20 inches long with tape around one tip)
  • Dry noodles 
  • Six picture cards for each child
  • Six letter cards for each child
  • Writing practice page

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

Literacy Activities
Make a noodle necklace

  • Punch holes and the top of each picture and letter card.
  • 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.
  • Have the children string the items on their necklace, and encourage the children to say the name of each picture as they do so.
  • When children have finished, help them tie their necklaces around their necks.

More Practice
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 uppercase letter N and lowercase letter n while producing the /n/ sound.
  • Have the children draw a picture of an object that starts with the /n/ sound in the space underneath the letters.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the uppercase letter N and lowercase letter n with the /n/ sound as in nail, nose, and nine.


  • Paper and pencil
  • 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 for things that begin with the /n/ sound.
  • Help your child write a list of the things you found that begin with the letter N.
  • Read the list together and 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 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.