Charlie Chomps and Chews


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

Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cherries
  • cheese
  • chomp
  • chew
  • chocolate
  • chips


  • Charlie puppet (see below)
  • Brass brad or paper fastener
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Real foods that start with /ch/, such as chocolate chips, cherries, Cheerios, chips (optional)
  • Chomp and Chew target text (see below)

The children will choose foods for Charlie to chew and chomp while they listen for words that begin with the /ch/ sound, such as chocolate, chips, Cheerios, cherries, and cheese.

Practice the skill within an activity
Charlie likes to chomp and chew

  • Introduce Charlie the puppet (see below) to the children and explain that Charlie only likes to chew foods that start with the /ch/ sound like chocolate, chips, Cheerios, and cheese.
  • Help the children identify all of the picture cards (see below), emphasizing the /ch/ sound as you read words with ch at the beginning.
  • Let the children take turns choosing a picture card and deciding together whether it begins with the /ch/ sound and if Charlie would like to chew it or not.
  • If the children cannot decide, have the child repeat the word with you, emphasizing the beginning sound then ask the child if that word starts with /ch/ like Charlie (support where necessary).
    • If a card is chosen that starts with /ch/, have the child give it to Charlie to chomp and chew.
    • If a card is chosen that does not start with /ch/, have the child set the card in a discard pile.
  • As the children take turns feeding Charlie, have them say phrases like, “Chomp and chew the chips, Charlie!”

Chomp and chew foods that begin with /ch/ (optional)

  • Let each child choose a real food (or picture card) that starts with /ch/ by saying, “I choose to chomp and chew ___” (e.g., chips, Cheerios, cherries, cheese, etc.).

Apply the skill

Read an alliterative text to highlight words that begin with the same first sound

  • Display the Chomp and Chew target text (see below) large enough for children to easily see.
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
  • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Show the children the ch blend and ask them to find other words that begin with the /ch/ sound such as chip, emphasizing the sound as you say the words and the children repeat them.

Practice alliteration with the /ch/ sound

  • Make a list of /ch/ words Charlie got to chomp and chew (e.g.chocolate, cheese).
  • Tell the children you can think of other words that start with /ch/ (e.g., chin, chair, cheetah).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that starts with /ch/.
    • If the child doesn’t respond in a few seconds, give him or her an option such as: “How about chip? Does chip start with /ch/?” (Nod your head yes to let the child know that it does.)

SEEL Target Texts

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Chomp and Chew

(Chant to the tune of London Bridge)
Chomp, chomp, chomp and chew the cheese.
Chew the cheese.
Chew the cheese.
Chomp, chomp, chomp and chew the cheese.
Chomp and chew with Charlie.
(Repeat as desired, replacing the underlined word with other /ch/ foods, such as chips, cherries, chips, and chocolate.)



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