Associate the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t with the /t/ sound as in taste, treat, and test.
- T treats (e.g., Tootsie rolls, Twix chocolate bars, tangerines, taffy, Twizzlers)
- Tray or small paper plate
- Example chart
The children will try some tasty treats and then practice writing the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t and saying the /t/ sound as in table, tiny, and test.
Make tasting trays
- Demonstrate how to write a letter T.
- Have the children practice writing the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t in the air.
- Pass out a tray or paper plate to each child and help them write the letter T on their trays.
- Introduce the tasty treats, holding up one at a time, as the children respond with “/t/, /t/, tangerine starts with the /t/ sound.”
- Have each child take a turn telling the other children which treat they want to taste (e.g., “I want to taste a tangerine, taffy, and Twizzlers”).
Taste the treats
- Tell the children they will now get to try, take, or taste the teacher’s tasty treats, then establish how many treats each child may place on their tray.
- Say phrases such as, “Today I’m tasting taffy, tangerines, and Twizzlers.”
- Remind the children that everything they are tasting starts with T, which makes the /t/ sound.
- Signal that the children may eat their treats by saying, “Time to taste our tiny treats!”
- Invite the children to trade T treats with other children.
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 each treat 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 (support as needed).
- Have the children make a menu of tasty treats using pictures and words.
- Read the menu together and emphasize the /t/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter T and lowercase letter t with the /t/ sound as in treasure, trip, and tasty.
- T treats (e.g., tangerines,Twix chocolate bars, Twizzlers)
Activity: Tasty Treats
- Explore the kitchen with your child to find foods beginning with the /t/ sound (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey).
- 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 he or she tasted (support as needed).
- Repeat as desired.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.