Associate the uppercase letter T (and the lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., travel, trip, tent).
- Objects or pictures of objects that start with the letter T and other letters (e.g., tarp, tag, tool, top, towel, toy, map, bag, flag) (see below)
- Tent (e.g., sheet placed over table)
- Tent in Texas sign (see below)
- Take a Trip story (see below)
- Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick, 2009) (optional)
State and model the objective
Read Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins (optional). Tell the children they will go on a pretend trip and take objects that start with T and they will practice saying the /t/ sound: train, tent, tapestry.
Practice the skill within an activity
Take a Trip to Texas
- Set up a tent (e.g. place a sheet over a table) and attach the Tent in Texas sign (see below).
- Help the children sort through the objects or pictures (see below) to identify words that begin with the /t/ sound. If the object or picture begins with the /t/ sound, have them take it on the trip to Texas. If the object or picture does not begin with the /t/ sound, have them set it aside.
- While emphasizing the target sound tell the children to board a pretend train that will take them to Texas with their T objects.
- Explain that the train is powered by the /t/ sound. Have the children draw a T in the air with their finger to start the train and then say the /t/ sound to drive the train to Texas.
- Have the children put their T objects/pictures in the tent.
- Let the children sit in the tent and pretend to eat tasty treats.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Write the target letter
- Give the children a piece of paper. Have them fold it in half to look like a tent.
- Have the children write the letter T (and lowercase t) on the tent.
Read target words
- Read the text Take a Trip to the children.
- Have the children circle every letter T and t.
- Read the text again and have the children say the /t/ sound each time you come to a letter T or t.
SEEL Target Texts
Take a Train Trip
We will bring a tent on our train trip.
When we get to Texas, we will follow a trail then set up our tent.
We will use a tool to tack down the tent.
Then we will have a tasty treat with tuna, tomatoes, and tacos.
We will tuck in the tails and tie it tight.
We will follow the trail home.
We will have a terrific time in Texas!
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter T (and lowercase t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., tent, telephone, tag).
- T and non-T objects or pictures (see below)
- Pretend tent (e.g., blanket draped over chairs or a table)
- Tasty treats (optional)
- Paper and pencil
Activity: T Trip
- Set up a pretend tent (e.g., drape a sheet or blanket over chairs or a table).
- Take turns choosing an object or picture (see below) and decide together whether or not it begins with the /t/ sound. If the object or picture begins with a T, have your child place it in the tent. If it begins with another letter set it aside.
- Have your child write the letter T (and lowercase t) on small pieces of paper then use the papers to make a trail of T and t letters to the tent.
- Follow the trail to the tent while saying the /t/ sound.
- Pretend to go camping in a tent, and eat tasty treats (real or pretend) in the tent.
- 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.