Catch the Key

Objective

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

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Target Words:

  • catch
  • kite
  • key
  • cup
  • car

Materials:

  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Playground ball

Overview
The children will try to catch a key as they listen for words that start with the /k/ sound, such as key, car, and kite.

Practice the skill within an activity
Play Catch the Key game

  • Have the children sit in a circle and show them the picture cards (see below), helping them identify the pictures, and pointing out that they all start with the /k/ sound.
  • Put a small rolled up piece of tape on the back of each picture card and lay them out on the floor with the picture-side down.
  • Bring out the ball and have the children chant, "Catch the key" as they roll it back and forth across the circle to try to catch the picture card with a key on it.
  • When the ball picks up a picture card, have the child who rolled the ball pick it up and show the other children the card.
  • Have the children identify the picture on the ball together and say, "We caught the /k/ /k/ ___ (e.g., key, car)!"
    • If the card is a picture of a key, then have the children clap their hands as they say “We caught the /k/ /k/ key!” 
    • If the card isn’t a picture of a key, have the children continue the game.
  • Repeat the game as many times as desired.
  • When the children have caught all of the picture cards, go through the cards and have the children identify them one more time, emphasizing the /k/ sound (e.g., /k/ /k/ /k/ car).

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target sound

  • Have the children sit in a circle with you in the middle.
  • Roll the ball to one of the children and ask them to listen to the word you say to see if it starts with the /k/ sound.
    • If the word starts with the /k/ sound, have the child say, “___ (e.g., Cow) begins with /k/.” as they roll the ball back to you.
    • If the word doesn’t start with the /k/ sound, have the child hold onto the ball and say, “___ (e.g., Bat) doesn’t begin with /k/.”
  • If the child misidentifies the letter sound, ask, “Does ___ (the incorrect word) start with the /k/ sound like /k/ /k/ car? What about castle? Does castle start with /k/?" nodding as needed for support.

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

Materials

  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Ball

Activity: Catch the King game

  • Before the activity, put a small rolled up piece of tape on the back of each picture card (see below) and lay them on the floor around the room with the picture-side down.
  • Tell your child to listen for words with the /k/ sound, such as kite, car, and king, as you play the Catch the King game together.
  • Take turns gently kicking the ball towards one of the picture cards as you  both chant, "Catch the king!"
  • When the ball rolls on top of one of the cards, let your child look to see which card the ball picked up.
    • If it is a picture of a king, shout, “We caught the /k/ /k/ /k/ king!” and keep the king card on the ball as you continue to play.
    • If it is not a picture of a king, have your child identify the picture, emphasizing the /k/ sound (e.g., /k/ /k/ /k/ car), and take it off the ball. 
  • When you have caught all the /k/ pictures, have fun gently kicking the ball back and forth as you and your child take turns saying other words that begin with the /k/ sound, such as kitchen, cookie, and clock (support as needed).

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