dynamite dot bingo

Dynamite Dot Bingo

Dynamite Dot Bingo
Target text


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

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • dot
  • dog
  • duck
  • dad
  • dice


  • Bingo game boards 
  • Bingo cards 
  • Dots 
  • Container

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will be playing Dynamite Dot Bingo while listening for words that start with the /d/ sound, such as dot, dog, dad, and den.

Literacy Activities

Dynamite Dot Bingo

  • Give each child a bingo game board and place enough dots for each child in the middle of the table. 
  • Draw a bingo card from the container and have the children help you identify the picture on the card, as you emphasize the /d/ sound at the beginning of the word.
  • If the children have the corresponding picture on their card, have them put a dot on it and say aloud, “Dot on the ___ (e.g., dog).” 
  • When a child gets a “bingo” (dots in a single horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line) or a “blackout” (dots in every space), have them call out “Dynamite Dot Bingo!” 
  • When a child calls out "Dynamite Dot Bingo," have the child identify the pictures underneath the winning dots, saying, “Dot on a ___ (e.g., dog)” for each one.

More Practice

Clap out sounds in words 

  • Have the children take apart the word dog and clap once for each sound in the word (/d/ /o/ /g/). 
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word dog (3). 
  • Clap for each sound in the word dog again to reinforce the model. 
  • Repeat with other words that start with /d/ (e.g., dot, duck, den).
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /d/ sound.
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Picture cards 
  • Timer/stopwatch/clock (optional)

Activity: Dash to the /d/ Sound

  • Before you begin, cut out the picture cards.
  • Help your child identify each picture card, emphasizing the /d/ sound at the beginning of each word.
  • Put the picture cards at one end of a room or yard and stand with your child at the opposite end. 
  • When you say, "Ready, set, dash!" have your child run to the picture cards and choose one.
  • Before he or she brings the card back, have your child identify the picture on it and say, "I dashed to the ___ (e.g., dog)!" then run back with the card.
  • Take turns running and choosing cards until all of the picture cards have been chosen, cheering each other on by saying, "Dash to the /d/ sound!"
  • If desired, repeat the activity using a timer/stopwatch/clock as you each try to get a faster time.
  • When you have finished playing, go through the picture cards again with your child, saying the words together and emphasizing the /d/ sound.

D Picture Cards

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