X Marks the Treasure Box

Objective

Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sound as in box, six, and fox.

Lesson Plan

See More

Target Words:

  • box
  • ax
  • ox
  • six
  • fox

Materials:

  • Pirate letter
  • Treasure map
  • Picture cards 
  • Box
  • Treat or treasure
  • X sign 

Overview
The children will follow a map to find a treasure box as they will practice saying the /ks/ sound in words with the letter X such as ox, ax, and six.

Literacy Activities
Find X in a pirate letter

  • Tell the children that a pirate has left them a letter that leads to a secret treasure. Read the pirate letter to the children.
  • Have the children find and circle the letter X throughout the pirate letter.
  • Help the children write the letter X on a piece of paper and explain that the letter X makes the /ks/ sound.
  • Read the pirate letter again and have the children hold up their X each time they hear the /ks/ sound.

Find the X that marks the treasure

  • Place a treat or some type of treasure in a box and label the box with an X sign.
  • Set up a treasure hunt path that takes the children to the treasure box.
    • Place the picture cards in the order the children will encounter them on the map.
  • Show the children the treasure map and help the children read the words on the map.
  • Have the children circle the letter X in each word on the map.
  • Explain that once the children reach the treasure box, X will mark the spot.
  • Instruct the children to follow the map to the treasure and gather the picture cards as they go.
  • When the children reach the box, have them say all six X words in order to receive the treasure.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure or treat inside (optional).

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of words with the letter X (e.g., six, fox, ox, ax, box, t-rex, x-ray).
  • Read the list together as a class and ask the children to underline the letter X in each word as it is read.

 

Printouts

SEEL At Home

See More
Print

Objective
Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sound as in T-rex, six, ox, and box.

Materials

  • Treasure map
  • Picture cards
  • Box 
  • Treasure or treat

Activity: X Marks the Spot

  • Place a treat or treasure in a box and label the box with an X sign.
  • Set up a treasure hunt path with picture cards in the order your child will encounter them on the map.
  • Explain that once he or she reaches the treasure box, X will mark the spot.
  • Show your child the treasure map and have him or her walk along the path, gathering picture cards as he or she finds them.
  • Emphasize that the word on each card has a letter X which makes the /ks/ sound.
  • Instruct your child to name all six pictures once he or she reaches the treasure box in order to receive the treasure.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure or treat inside (optional).
  • Repeat as desired.Picture Cards
page break

Treasure Map

Standards

See More

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.

http://education.byu.edu/seel/library/