Wham Bam!


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -am to make words such as clam, ham, ram, bam, and wham.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ham
  • jam
  • yam
  • ram
  • bam
  • wham


  • 4 hula hoops
  • Several bean bags
  • -am word pictures (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play a game called Wham Bam! while they add sounds to the -am ending to make words such as bam, ham, jam, and ram

Practice the skill within an activity

Play Wham Bam!

  • Have children sit in a large circle around four hula-hoops with –am word pictures secured in the middle.
  • Demonstrate how to play the game Wham Bam!.
  • Say the name of one of the pictures secured inside the hula-hoop.
  • Separate the initial sound and the –am ending (e.g., /h/-am).
  • Have the children whisper chant (e.g., “Slam the ham!”), changing the final word depending on the chosen picture.
  • Have one child throw a beanbag into the hula-hoop at the corresponding picture.
  • If the beanbag lands in the hula-hoop, everybody shouts, “Wham Bam!”
  • Have children take turns playing the game, tossing the beanbag from various locations (e.g., seated or standing position in the circle).

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers = cat clap hands).
    • /b/ /a/ /m/ = bam
    • /h/ /a/ /m/ = ham
    • /r/ /a/ /m/ = ram
    • /j /a/ /m/ = jam

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children generate a list of –am words. 
  • Write the beginning sounds in a list on the board, and allow the children to take turns writing the –am ending to finish the word (e.g., Write a on the board and have a child write -am after it to complete the word jam)
  • As the –am ending is written, have everybody else write the ending in the air, on the floor, or on their hand. 
  • Read the list with the children.  


SEEL At Home

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Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -am to make words such as clam, ham, ram, bam, and wham.


  • One set of -am picture and word cards
  • Beanbag or small, soft toy

Activity: Wham Bam!

  • Play the Wham Bam! game
  • Spread out the set of -am picture cards on the ground face up and put the set of word cards in a pile face down.
  • Pick a word card and read it. Separate the initial sound and the -am ending (e.g., /h/ -am). Insert the word on the card into the sentence, "Slam the __am."
  • Have your child toss the beanbag or small, soft toy onto the corresponding picture that is laying face up on the floor.
  • If the beanbag lands on the picture shout, "Wham Bam!"
  • Alternate turns throwing the beanbag/toy.
  • Have your child draw a picture of an -am item from the game and help them write underneath it all the -am words from the activity.
  • Read the list of -am words together, separating the initial sound and -am word ending before blending them together (e.g., /h/-am, ham).
  • Send the drawing to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.
  • The activity can be repeated several times. am-picture-word-cards


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