Fix the X Box
Associate the letter X (and the lowercase letter x) with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., fix, box, six).
- 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
State and model the objective
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.
Practice the skill within an activity
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.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
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
Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., fix, box, six, ax).
- Picture cards (see below)
- 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.
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.
Fix the X Box