Barbara's Best Bakery


Recognize and produce the /b/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /b/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Barbara
  • best
  • baked
  • bread
  • bagel
  • bites


  • Bakery signs
  • Grid with Bs
  • Real bits of buns, banana bread, bread, brownies, or bagels (optional)
  • Pictures of baked goods
  • Pretend dollar bills or B coins

The children will go to Barbara’s bakery to buy baked goods as they listen for words that start with the /b/ sound, such as buns, bagels, brownies, and banana bread.

Literacy Activities
Buy baked goods at Barbara's Bakery with Bs

  • Set up Barbara’s Bakery by putting up the signs that say Barbara's Best Bakery and Buy Baked Goods at Barbara's Bakery
  • Lay out baked goods (or pictures of baked goods—see below) that begin with /b/, like buns, bread, brownies or bagels, and label them.
  • Read the bakery signs to the children, pointing to the letter B and emphasizing the /b/ sound when appropriate.
  • Show the children the baked goods in the bakery: the bread, buns, brownies, or bagels (pictures and/or real baked goods), and have the children repeat the names after you, emphasizing the /b/ sound.
  • Comment on the baked goods: “Barbara bakes the best banana bread!”  “These are buttery buns." "Look at the beautiful bagels.”
  • Ask the children if they want a bit or a bite of Barbara’s best-baked banana bread (or another letter B baked good).
    • Tell the children they can buy bits and bites of Barbara’s best banana bread by writing a B or tracing a B on the B-grid. 
    • Let the children pay for the baked goods with a pretend dollar bill or with pretend B coins (see below), having them say the /b/ sound as they pay.
  • Help the children recall the words they heard that begin with the /b/ sound as you make a list on the board.
  • Read the words aloud to the children, pointing to the letter B and emphasizing the /b/ sound as you have the children repeat the words after you.

Use /b/ words to brag about the bakery

  • Share a couple of examples of how the children could brag about Barbara's Bakery,  using words that begin with the /b/ sound, such as "Barbara has a beautiful bakery!" "Barbara's bakery has the best brownies!"
  • Hold up one of the baked goods, and invite a child to brag about that baked good using words with the /b/ sound such as best, beautiful, and biggest.
  • Repeat with different baked goods and different children.
  • Review the /b/ sound words that were used, emphasizing the /b/ sound, and have the children repeat the words back to you.



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