It's T Time
Associate the uppercase letter T (and lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., time, twirl, toss).
- Clock face with a T shaped spinner in place of the clock hands (see below)
- Brad to attach T spinner to clock face
- Action list (see below) displayed for children to see
- Whiteboard and pen, or paper and pencil—1 for each child
- Tasty treats (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to tell time on a special T clock as they practice writing the letter T (and lowercase t) and saying the /t/ sound: toss, track, tiger.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Divide the group into teams and have each team choose a team name beginning with the letter T (e.g., tigers, tarantulas, tomatoes).
- Sit in a circle around the spinner with team members sitting by each other.
- Have a team twirl the letter T spinner.
- When the letter T spinner stops, have the children say, “It’s T time!”
- Explain to the children that 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!”
- Explain that if the spinner lands on a number other than two, ten, or twelve, have the team perform the T action corresponding to the number that they spun (see action list below).
- Play the game so that each team has two turns.
- Reward all children with a tasty treat (optional).
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Read target words in a text (see below)
- Read the action list to the children.
- Have the children find and underline the letter T and 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 lowercase letter t (and uppercase 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
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: Tell about your favorite toy.
12: Shout, “Twelve is terrific!”
SEEL At Home
Name the letter T upon hearing the /t/ sound: trot, tuck, toss.
- Picture of a clock face (see below)
- T spinner (see below) attached with a brad
- Action list (see below)
Activity: It's T Time
- Take turns twirling the T spinner. When the spinner stops, shout, "It's T time!"
- Perform the action on the action list corresponding to the number the spinner lands on.
- Repeat as many times as desired.
- Have your child find and underline the letter T and t throughout the list, saying the /t/ sound each time he or she underlines the letter.
- Read each sentence and point to your toes with your child each time you hear the /t/ sound.
- Help your child write the uppercase T (and lowercase t) while saying the /t/ 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.
It's T Time