Catch the Key
- Picture cards
- Playground ball
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will try to catch a key as they listen for words that start with the /k/ sound, such as key, car, and kite.
Play Catch the Key game
- Have the children sit in a circle and show them the picture cards, 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).
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.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /k/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /k/.
- Picture cards
Activity: Catch the King game
- Before the activity, put a small rolled up piece of tape on the back of each picture card 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).
Catch the Key