Associate the letter Q (and lowercase q) with the /kw/ sound (e.g., quail, queen, quick).
- Picture of quail
- Feather graphics or real feathers to attach to quail headbands
- Strips of paper to make headbands (attach a feather or feather graphic to the front)
- Action cards
- Queen Quail nametag
- Writing practice page
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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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 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 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 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!”
More Practice (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
- 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
Associate the letter Q (and lowercase q) with the /kw/ sound (e.g., quail, quake, quack).
- Feather attached to a strip of paper to fit around head in a quail headband
- Action cards
- 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, 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.
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.