barbara's best bakery

Barbara's Best Bakery

Barbara's Best Bakery
Target text


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

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Bakery signs*
  • Baked goods (or picture cards*)
  • Pretend dollar bills or B coins*
  • Bits of food that start with the /b/ sound (optional)

State and Model the Objective

Tell the children that they 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 B's

  • Set up Barbara’s Bakery by putting up the signs and laying out the baked goods (or picture cards - see below) that begin with /b/, labeling them as needed.
  • Read the bakery signs and show the baked goods to the children, pointing to the letter B and emphasizing the /b/ sound when appropriate.
  • Ask the children if they want a bit or a bite of Barbara’s best-baked banana bread (or another letter B baked good).
    • The children 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, 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 the children repeat the words after you.

Use /b/ words to brag about the bakery

  • Share a couple of examples of how to brag about Barbara's Bakery using words that begin with /b/ (e.g. "Barbara has a beautiful bakery!").
  • Invite a child to brag about a 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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