Queen Quail


Associate the letter Q (and lowercase q) with the /kw/ sound (e.g., quail, queen, quick).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • queen
  • quail
  • quick
  • quiet
  • quake
  • quack


  • Picture of quail (see below)
  • Feather graphics or real feathers to attach to quail headbands (see below)
  • Strips of paper to make headbands (attach a feather or feather graphic to the front)
  • Action cards (see below)
  • Queen Quail nametag (see below)
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to be quail who quickly follow the Queen Quail. Tell them they will practice saying the /kw/ sound in words such as queen, quail, and quick.
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Practice the skill within an activity
Follow the queen quail

  • Show the children the quail picture and explain that when quail are young they quickly follow their parents and do everything their parents do.
  • Give each child feathers or feather graphics (see below) and have them attach the feathers to strips of paper to make a quail headband.
  • Explain that Queen Quail will tell the children to act out words that start with Q.
  • Show the children the action cards and point out that every word starts with the letters qu, which make the /kw/ sound. Explain that the letter Q is usually spelled with a U after it.
  • Read the action word cards (see below) with the children and show the children actions to go with each card. Use the following actions or create your own:
    • Quiet – Hold a finger to lips and say “shhh”
    • Quake – Shake as if afraid
    • Quack – Hold hands to lips like a duck bill and quack
    • Quick – Jog in place quickly
    • Quit – Sit down and say “I quit!”
  • Have Queen Quail choose an action card (see below) and say, for example, “Queen Quail says quack!” Have the children repeat the phrase and act out the associated movement.
  • Repeat the activity as desired, with a different child acting as Queen Quail during each round.
  • End the game by saying, “Queen Quail says quit!”

Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Read the target letter

  • Have the children underline the letter Q on the action cards and on the Queen Quail name tag.
  • Point out that the letter Q makes the /kw/ sound.
  • Help the children to read the action cards by having them read the initial sound and offering support as needed for the rest of the word.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter Q and the lowercase letter q, while producing the /kw/ sound.
  • Have the children write the letter Q (and lowercase q) on their headbands.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter Q (and lowercase q) with the /kw/ sound (e.g., quail, quake, quack).


  • Feather (see below) attached to a strip of paper to fit around head in a quail headband 
  • Action cards (see below)
  • Paper, pencil, tape (or stapler) 

Activity: Quails Go Quickly

  • Make a Queen Quail name tag. Point out the letter Q and emphasize that it makes the /kw/ sound.
  • Wear the Queen Quail name tag and have your child wear the quail headband (tape or staple feather graphic to a strip of paper to fit around your child's head).
  • Choose an action card (see below), read it, and say, for example, "Queen Quail says quick!" 
  • Have your child follow you as you act out the word. Keep playing until all of the action cards have been used.
  • Play again, but switch roles.
  • Have your child underline the letter Q on the action cards and the letter Q on the Queen Quail name tag. Emphasize that the letter Q makes the /kw/ sound.
  • 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.