It's T Time

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t with the /t/ sound as in time, twirl, and toss.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • time
  • twirl
  • toss
  • table

Materials:

  • Clock face with a T-shaped spinner
  • One craft brad
  • Action list
  • Tasty treats (optional)

Overview

The children will pretend to tell time on a special T clock as they practice writing the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t and saying the /t/ sound as in toss, track, and tiger.

Literacy Activities
T Time!

  • Assemble the spinner using the instructions given.
  • Divide the children into teams and have each team choose a team name beginning with the letter T (e.g., tigers, tarantulas, tomatoes).
  • Have the teams sit in a circle around the spinner.
  • Have a team twirl (spin) the letter T spinner.
  • When the spinner stops, have the children say, “It’s T time!”
    • If the spinner lands on two, ten, or twelve (which are numbers that begin with the letter T), the team must shout, “Two (or ten or twelve) is terrific!”
    • If the spinner lands on a number other than two, ten, or twelve, the team must look at the action list and perform the T action corresponding to the number that they spun.
  • Play the game so that each team has two turns.
  • Reward all the children with a tasty treat (optional).

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Read the action list to the children. 
  • Have the children find and underline the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t throughout the list, saying the /t/ sound each time they underline the letter.
  • Read the text to the children again and have the children touch their toes every time they hear a word that begins with the letter T.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children practice writing the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t in the air twice.
  • Give the children a whiteboard or piece of paper and have them write an uppercase letter T ten times and then a lowercase letter t ten times.

SEEL Target Texts

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Action List

1: Twist for ten seconds.
2: Shout, “Two is terrific!”
3: Trot around the table.
4: Tap your toes twice.
5: Tuck down to become a tiny ball.
6: Toss a teddy bear onto the table.
7: Tap your teeth together ten times.
8: Turn around two times.
9: Touch your toes.
10: Shout, “Ten is terrific!”
11: Twirl for ten seconds.
12: Shout, “Twelve is terrific!”

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Objective

Associate the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t with the /t/ sound as in trot, tuck, and toss.

Materials

  • Clock face with a T-shaped spinner
  • One craft brad
  • Action list

Activity: It's T Time

  • Assemble the spinner using the instructions given. 
  • Take turns twirling (spinning) the T spinner, and when the spinner stops, shout, "It's T time!"
  • Perform the action on the action list that corresponds to the number the spinner lands on.
  • Repeat as many times as desired.
  • Have your child find and underline the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t throughout the list, saying the /t/ sound each time he or she underlines a letter. 
  • Read each sentence and point to your toes each time you hear the /t/ sound.
  • Help your child write the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t while saying the /t/ sound. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

T Clock and T Actions

Standards

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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.

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