Fix the X Box


Associate the letter X (and the lowercase letter x) with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., fix, box, six).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fix
  • box
  • six
  • ox
  • x-ray
  • fox
  • wax 


  • An empty box with the letter X on it
  • Picture cards
  • Small box
  • Tape, glue, or sticky tack
  • Paper and pencils - 1 for each child

Tell the children they will fix an x-box with things that end in the letter Xx as they practice saying the /ks/ sounds heard in fox, wax, and fix.

Literacy Activities
Fix the X-Box

  • Show the children the empty box. Explain that the box is broken and can only be fixed with words that have the letter X.
  • Have a child choose a picture card from the small box and have them name the word.
  • Have the child ask the class if the word will fix the box.
  • If the word ends with a letter X have the children attach the picture to the box. If the word does not contain the letter X, have the children discard it.
  • Repeat until all the picture cards have been taken from the small box.
  • Make a list of the words in the box, letting the children write the X in each word. Point out that all of the words have the /ks/ sound.

More Practice
Write the target letter

  • Show the children how to write a letter X and have them write the letter X on pieces of paper to put inside the box.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., fix, box, six, ax).


  • Picture cards
  • Empty box
  • Tape or sticky tack Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., fix, box, six, ax).

Activity: Fix the X-Box

  • Explain to your child that the x-box (the empty box) is broken and can only be fixed with words that have the letter X.
  • Take turns choosing a picture and asking "Will a(n)  ____ fix the x-box?"
  • If the item contains the /ks/ sound say, "Yes a(n)  ____ will fix the x-box."  Attach it to the box. If the item does not make the /ks/ sound say, "No, a(n) ___ won't fix the x-box." Set the picture aside.
  • Read the picture cards with your child. Have him or her circle the letter X in each word.
  • Have your child write the letter X on paper then have him or her place the X paper in the box. Together, say the /ks/ sound as your child writes the letter X.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Picture Cards


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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.