Queen Quail

Queen Quail
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter Q and lowercase letter q with the /kw/ sound as in quail, queen, and quick.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Quail graphic
  • Feather graphics or real feathers 
  • Strips of paper 
  • Action cards
  • Queen Quail nametag
  • Writing practice page

The children will pretend to be quail who quickly follow Queen Quail as they practice saying the /kw/ sound as in queen, quail, and quick.

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Literacy Activities
Follow the Queen Quail

  • Show the children the quail graphic and explain that when quail are young, they quickly follow their parents.
  • Give each child feathers or feather graphics and have them attach the feathers to strips of paper to make a quail headband.
  • Choose a student to be Queen Quail and 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.
  • Have Queen Quail read the action word cards, and have the children perform an action when each card is read. 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!”
  • 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!”

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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 read the action cards (support as needed).

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter Q and the lowercase letter q while they produce the /kw/ sound.
  • Have the children write the letter Q and lowercase letter q on their headbands.


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Associate the uppercase letter Q and lowercase letter  q with the /kw/ sound as in quail, quake, and quack.


  • Feather 
  • Action cards

Activity: Quails Go Quickly

  • Make quail headbands by attaching feathers to a strip of paper stapled into a circle.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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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.