X Marks the Treasure Box

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • box
  • ax
  • ox
  • six
  • fox

Materials:

  • Pirate letter (see below)
  • Treasure map (see below)
  • Picture cards (see below) taped to floor on path
  • Treat or treasure inside a box
  • X sign (see below) placed on the treasure box

State and model the objective

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

Practice the skill within an activity

Find X in a pirate letter

  • Read the pirate letter (see below) 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/ sounds.
  • Read the pirate letter again, and have the children hold up their X each time they hear the /ks/ sounds.

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 (see below).
  • Set up a treasure hunt path that takes the children to the treasure box.
  • Place the picture cards (see below) along the path in the order the children will encounter them on the map (i.e., ax, T-rex, ox, six, fox, x-ray).
  • 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.
  • Emphasize that the word on each card has a letter X which makes the /ks/ sounds.
  • Let the children gather the picture cards along the path as they follow the map.
  • Instruct the children to name all six pictures once they reach the treasure box marked with the letter X.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure/treat inside (optional).

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of words with the letter X: 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.
  • Emphasize that the letter X makes the /ks/ sounds.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter X several times on a piece of paper.
  • Allow the children to place their X papers in the treasure box.

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Objective
Associate the letter X with the /ks/ sounds (e.g., T-rex, six, ox, box).

Materials

  • Treasure map and picture cards (see below)
  • Box to use as a treasure box with a treasure or treat placed inside

Activity: X Marks the Spot

  • Place a treat or some type of treasure in a box and label the box with an X sign (see below).
  • Set up the treasure hunt path with picture cards in the order your child will encounter them on the map (i.e., ax, T-rex, ox, six, fox, x-ray).
  • Show your child the treasure map and have him/her walk along the path.
  • Let your child gather the picture cards as he/she finds them along the path.
  • Emphasize that the word on each card has a letter X which makes the /ks/ sounds.
  • Instruct your child to name all six pictures once he/she reaches the treasure box marked with the letter X.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure/treat inside (optional).
  • Help your child write the letter X on a piece of paper then let him/her place the paper in the treasure box.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Picture Cards
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Treasure Map

Standards

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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.

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