Train Trip!

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter T (and the lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., travel, trip, tent).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • travel
  • tent
  • trail
  • trip
  • train

Materials:

  • 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

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Take a Train Trip

We will take a train trip to Texas.
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.
 
When it’s time to go home, we will take down the tent.
We will tuck in the tails and tie it tight.
We will follow the trail home. 
We will have a terrific time in Texas!

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Objective
Associate the letter T (and lowercase t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., tent, telephone, tag).

Materials

  • 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.

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Standards

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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.

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