Tubas and Tambourines
Associate the uppercase letter T (and the lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., tuba, tap, tambourine).
- I am a Fine Musician video (optional)
- I am a Fine Musician modified song lyrics
- Instrument picture cards or real instruments: tuba, trombone, trumpet, tambourine, triangle
- T Instruments text
- Writing practice page
- Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995)(optional)
Read Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes and/or watch I am a Fine Musician video (optional). Tell the children they will make music using instruments that begin with the /t/ sound as they practice saying the /t/ sound in words such as trumpet, tambourine, and tuba.
Teach a song with tubas
- Teach the children the song I am a Fine Musician.
- Show the children the pictures of the musical instruments and explain how each instrument is played.
- Have the children circle the letter T in the word on each picture card and emphasize that each word starts with the /t/ sound.
- Have the children sing the song together and pretend to play each instrument. Hold up a picture of each instrument at the appropriate point of the song.
- If desired, divide children into five groups, and have each group sing and play their part.
- Invite children from another class, friends, and/or family to come to watch the T orchestra concert perform (optional).
Read words with the target letter in a text
- Read the text T Instruments to the children.
- Have the children find and circle the letter T (and lowercase t) throughout the text, saying the /t/ sound each time they circle the letter.
- Read the text again and have the children pretend to play a trombone every time they hear a word that starts with the /t/ sound.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the T (and lowercase t) on the writing practice page.
- Have the children produce the /t/ sound while writing the letter T (and t).
- Allow the children to draw a picture of an instrument that starts with T (e.g., tuba, trombone, trumpet, tambourine, triangle) in the space below the letters.
SEEL Target Texts
I am a Fine Musician
I am a fine musician,
I practice every day!
And people come from miles around
Just to hear me play.
My trumpet, my trumpet,
I love to play my trumpet!
Tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut!
My tuba, my tuba,
I love to play my tuba!
Toompa, toompa, toompa, toompa, toompa!
My trombone, my trombone,
I love to play my trombone!
Temba, temba, temba, temba, temba!
My triangle, my triangle,
I love to play my triangle!
Ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, ting!
My tambourine, my tambourine,
I love to play my tambourine!
Tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam, tam!
Shake the tambourine.
Blow the trumpet.
Blow the tuba.
Blow the trombone.
Hit the triangle.
Tambourine, trumpet, tuba,
trombone, and triangle!
T instruments are fun!
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter T (and lowercase t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., tuba, triangle, time).
- I am a Fine Musician song; for further reference, click here
- Instrument pictures
Activity: Tubas and Tambourines
- Have your child teach you the song I am a Fine Musician.
- As you sing about each instrument hold up the picture of the instrument and pretend to play it.
- Sing the song several times and then perform it for another family member or a friend.
- Have your child circle the letter T (and lowercase t) in the words of the song.
- Have your child produce the /t/ sound each time he/she circles the letter T (and t).
- 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.
Tubas and Tambourines