- A folder with a flap
- Fuzz (e.g., fuzzy yarn, felt, fur, fuzz or lint from a dryer)
- Book: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens (optional)
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will feel and fold fuzz as they listen for words that start with the /f/ sound, such as fold, fleece, and frenzy.
Feel, fold, and flip the fuzz
- Read The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens to the children (optional).
- Have the children sit in a circle and give each child a piece of fuzz from the folder, pointing out that the word fuzz starts with the /f/ sound.
- Let the children feel the fuzz on their face, feet, fingers, and forehead, and have them echo those words back to you, emphasizing the /f/ sound.
- Show the children how to do different /f/ actions with their fuzz (e.g., make the fuzz fall, feel the fuzz, fold the fuzz, flip the fuzz, freeze with the fuzz), then have the children do the actions.
- Allow the children to choose one of the /f/ actions for the class to do with their fuzz.
- Ask the children to listen as you say several /f/ words mixed with a few non-/f/ words and have them tap the fuzz on their forehead when they hear a word that starts with the /f/ sound, supporting as necessary.
March and say the sounds in words
- Have the children march in place as they say each sound of the word fuzz as follows:
- segment sounds: say /f/ (march right), say /u/ (march left), say /z/ (march right)
- blend sounds: jump with both feet and say fuzz to blend the sounds into the whole word
- Repeat with other words that start with /f/ (e.g., fun, feel, fall, fan, feed).
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /f/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /f/.
- Fuzzy items around the house (e.g., dryer lint, sweaters, yarn, carpet, feather pillows)
- Tape or glue
- Letter F graphic
Activity: Fabulous Fuzz
- Go on a scavenger hunt with your child through your home to find fuzz (e.g., carpet fuzz, dryer fuzz) and point out that fuzz starts with the /f/ sound.
- Take turns helping each other think of words that start with the /f/ sound (e.g., fast, fix, fluffy) and taping or gluing the fuzz on the letter F graphic.
- Have your child trace the letter F with their finger and feel the fuzz while making the /f/ sound.
- Have fun together using the fuzz-covered F to do actions that start with the /f/ sound (e.g., flip the F, fold the F, fling the F, freeze with the F).