Wham Bam!
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • 4 hula hoops
  • Several bean bags
  • Letter cards
  • Pictures cards

The children will play a game called Wham Bam! as they add sounds to the -am ending to make words such as bam, ham, jam, and ram.

Literacy Activities

Play Wham Bam!

  • Have children sit in a large circle around four hula-hoops with the picture cards secured in the middle.
  • Demonstrate how to play the game Wham Bam!.
  • Say the name of one of the picture cards 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).

More Practice

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.  
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SEEL At Home


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


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

Activity: Wham Bam!

  • Play the Wham Bam! game
  • Spread out the set of 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 (optional).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.
  • am-picture-word-cards
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.