- 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.
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).
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 J 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
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.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.