T Treasure Trip


Associate the letter T (and lowercase t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., treasure, tools, trail).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • treasure
  • trip
  • tools
  • terrifying
  • trail


  • A box or bag to be the treasure chest
  • Large letter T made out of tape
  • Going on a Treasure Trip Chant
  • Pictures for the treasure trip
  • Hopscotch grid
  • Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1989) (optional)
  • Looking for Dracula by Charlotte Diamond (optional)

Tell the children they will go on a treasure trip as they practice writing the letters T and t and saying the /t/ sound in words such as trip, terrific, and trail.

Literacy Activities
Tape a T Trail

  • Teach the children how to write the letter T.
  • Practice writing the letters T and t in the air.
  • Using tape, make a trail of Ts on the ground that leads to a large T.

Treasure Trip

  • Find the trail with the children to begin a pretend treasure trip.
  • Act out the Going on a Treasure Trip chant with the children as you read each line and they repeat it.
  • Say, “If you see anything terrifying, say the magic /t/ sound.”

More Practice
Toss and tiptoe

  • Create a hopscotch game by drawing a hopscotch grid on a large piece of paper or by placing smaller sheets together.
  • Invite children to fill each square by writing a T or t.
  • Drop an object that begins with the /t/ sound (e.g., tool, token, treasure) onto a hopscotch square.
  • Tiptoe around the square where the object lands.
  • Have the children say the /t/ sound as they tiptoe from square to square.

Read the T Treasure Trip text

  • Read the text T Treasure Trip text to the children.
  • Have the children find and circle the letters T and t throughout the text, saying the /t/ sound each time they circle the letter T.
  • Read the text again and have the children clap each time they hear the /t/ sound.

Write the target letter

  • Draw all of the T things that the children came across on their trip.
  • Help the children label each item underneath the picture (have the children write the letter T).


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter T with the /t/ sound (e.g., treasure, trip, toads).


  • Going on a Treasure Trip chant and pictures
  • Tape to make Ts on a trail for the treasure trip

Activity: T Treasure Trip

  • Using tape, make a trail of Ts on the ground that leads to a large T.
  • Set out the treasure trip pictures (see below) along the trail.
  • Pretend to go on a trip looking for treasure, tiptoeing along the trail and following the Going on a Treasure Trip chant. Have your child repeat each line after you.  
  • After the 4th chorus you should have reached the letter T set up previously.
  • Continue with the chant until the end.
  • Help your child write a list of the things he/she sees on the treasure trip that start with the letter T. Read the list together and have your child circle the T in each word, saying the /t/ 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.