The Frenzied Freeze Dance

The Frenzied Freeze Dance
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • freeze
  • frenzied
  • flow
  • fall
  • flap


  • Selections of “frenzied” (fast) music and “flowing” (slow) music

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will do fast dances and flowing dances as they listen for words that begin with the /f/ sound, such as freeze, flow, fall, and fast.

Literacy Activities
Dance frenzied and flowing

  • Invite the children to dance to fast music in a frenzied (crazy) way, and to dance to slow music in a flowing (slow and smooth) way, pointing out that fast, frenzied, and flowing all start with the /f/ sound.
  • Turn on one of the styles of music for a little bit of time then stop the music and say, “Freeze!”
  • Help the children think of a word that starts with the /f/ sound (e.g., fast, friend, flower) to call out so they can unfreeze (choose a new word each time you say, "Freeze!").
  • Start the same music again or change styles and allow the children to resume dancing according to the style (i.e., frenzied or flowing). 

Follow the /f/ actions

  • With the children, think of a variety of actions they can do that begin with the /f/ sound (e.g., find a friend, flap your arms, flop on the floor).
  • Let the children take turns choosing or creating an action that has at least one word that starts with /f/, leading the other children in doing it in a fast, frenzied, or flowing way, then saying “Freeze!”
  • Review the /f/ words from the activity with the children, emphasizing the /f/ sound 

More Practice
Repeat words with the /f/ sound 

  • Make a list of the children’s favorite /f/ action words (e.g., flip, fold, flap).
  • Say each word multiple times in a rhythmic way (e.g., “Flip, flip flip,” “Fold, fold” “Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap.”) and have the children echo each set back to you. 
  • Repeat the list together several times, varying speed or volume as desired. 

Recognize the /f/ sound in words

  • Before the activity, make a list of /f/ sound words and non-/f/ sound words (e.g., flap, fly, mouse, face, fast, car
  • Say one word at a time and help the children determine if that word starts with the /f/ sound, supporting as needed.
    • If the word starts with the /f/ sound, have the children flap their fingers as they say the word back to you.
    • If the word doesn’t start with the /f/ sound, go on to the next word.
  • Review the /f/ sound words together, emphasizing the /f/ sound.
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Recognize and produce the /f/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /f/.


  • Selections of “frenzied” (fast) music and “flowing” (slow) music

Activity: Frenzied Freeze Dance

  • Play some music and dance together, fast and crazy dancing with the "frenzied" music, and slowly and smoothly dancing with the "flowing" music. 
  • Pause the music and call out, "Freeze!" then do an /f/ action together (e.g., fall to the floor, flap your arms, flop on the floor), saying the name of the action aloud as you do it.
  • Take turns being the one to call out “Freeze!” and the one to dance. 
  • Talk about favorite actions that you and your child did during the dance, and say and do them together, exaggerating the /f/ sound (e.g., “/f/ /f/ /f/ Flop on the /f/ /f/ /f/ floor).
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