Associate the letter V (and the lowercase letter v) with the /v/ sound (e.g., vase, valentine, vacuum).
- Pipe cleaners/straws
- Paper hearts
- Vase made out of a plastic bottle with the top cut off
- Picture cards
- Glue or tape to attach items to the vase
Tell the children they will make Valentine vases as they practice saying the /v/ sound in words such as van, victory, and valentine.
Make a Valentine Vase
- Cut out the picture cards and spread them out in piles on the table or floor.
- Help the children sort the pictures to decide whether or not the word on each picture card starts with the /v/ sound.
- If the word starts with the /v/ sound, have the children set the card next to the vase (i.e., plastic bottle with the top cut off).
- If the word does not start with the /v/ sound, have the children set the card aside.
- Point out that all of the words that start with the /v/ sound begin with the letter V.
- Have the children attach the pictures of words that begin with V to the vase.
- Have the children write the letter V on the paper hearts.
- Let the children make valentine flowers by attaching the paper hearts to pipe cleaners, and then have them put the valentine flowers in the valentine vase.
Write the target letter
- Have the children write the letter V on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
- Have the children produce the /v/ sound each time they write the letter V.
- Allow the children to attach the letters to the valentine vase.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter V with the /v/ sound (e.g., vase, valentine, vegetables).
- Picture cards
- Construction paper
- Plastic bottle
- Straws, pipe cleaners, or wooden sticks
- Glue or tape
Activity: Valentine Vase
- Cut paper hearts from construction paper and have your child write the letter V on each heart.
- Help your child sort the picture cards to identify words that start with the /v/ sound. If the word starts with /v/, place it next to the plastic bottle. If the word does not start with /v/ set it aside.
- Attach the V pictures and some of the paper hearts to the plastic bottle to make it into a Valentine Vase.
- Glue three paper hearts together at the bottom to make valentine flowers (with three, heart-shaped petals). Attach them to the end of straws, pipe cleaners, or sticks.
- Emphasize that the words on the vase all start with the letter V which makes the /v/ sound.
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.