Associate the letter T (and the lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., taste, treat, test).
- T treats (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca, Twizzlers, Tang)
- Label by each tasty treat
- Tray or small paper plate
- Example chart (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will try some tasty treats as they practice writing the letter T and saying the /t/ sound: table, tiny, test.
Practice the skill within an activity
Make tasting trays
- Teach the children how to write a T.
- Practice writing the letters T and t in the air.
- Pass out a tray or paper plate to each child.
- Write a T on the tray and only let T treats on each tray.
- Introduce the tasty treats and have the children say things like “/t/ - /t/ - toast starts with the /t/ sound.”
- Have each child take a turn telling what is on their tray (e.g., “My tasting tray has tuna, taffy, tomato”).
Taste the treats
- Ask children if they would like to try, take, or taste teacher’s tasty treats and establish how many treats (e.g., three to five) each child may place on their tray.
- Say phrases such as, “Today I’m tasting tuna, tater tots, tangerines, and tapioca.”
- Comment that everything the children are tasting starts with a T which makes the /t/ sound.
- Signal that children may eat their treats by saying, “Time to taste our tiny treats!”
- Invite children to trade one T treat for another T treat.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Terrific or terrible
- Create a chart listing the treats the children tasted.
- Have the children write the initial letter T for each treat.
- Have children vote whether they thought it was terrific or terrible.
- Record the results on the chart.
Read the Tasty Treat chart
- Have the children clap each time they hear the /t/ sound.
- Read the list together (provide support as needed).
- Have the children make a menu of the tasty treats using pictures and words.
- Read the menu together and emphasize the /t/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter T with the /t/ sound (e.g., treasure, trip, tasty).
- Food beginning with the /t/ sound (e.g., tangerines, tater tots, tuna)
Activity: Tasty Treats
- Explore the fridge, freezer, or pantry with your child to find foods beginning with the /t/ sound such as toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca, Twizzlers, or Tang.
- Plan a T party for family and/or friends where only treats beginning with the /t/ sound can be on the table.
- Prepare tiny serving sizes of treats for everyone to take turns tasting.
- As people taste the tiny treats, encourage them to say, "Today I'm tasting ___."
- If people like the treat, encourage them to say, "___ is a terrific treat!"
- If people don't like the treat, encourage them to say, "___ is a terrible treat!"
- Help your child draw and label the treats they tasted (let your child write the initial letter T for each label).
- 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.