luke's lost luggage

Luke's Lost Luggage

Luke's Lost Luggage
Target text


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

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • Luke
  • lost
  • luggage
  • long
  • lane


  • Luke graphic 
  • Luggage graphic 
  • Picture cards 
  • Luke's Lost Luggage target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will help a boy named Luke find his lost luggage as they listen for words that begin with the /l/ sound, such as long, lane, and letter

Literacy Activities
Act out Luke's Lost Luggage target text

  • Cut out the picture cards and Luke’s luggage, and create a long lane made of two parallel strips of masking tape on the floor.
  • Have the children sit on the outsides of the long lane and choose three children to act out a story about a boy named Luke (show Luke graphic) who lost his luggage full of things that start with the /l/ sound.
  • Have the three children act out the parts of Luke, Liz, and Lauren as you read aloud the Luke's Lost Luggage target text (see below).
  • Repeat acting out the target text with a different set (or sets) of children if desired.
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the story that start with the /l/ sound, such as lock, lemon, and Luke.

Locate Luke's lost luggage

  • Spread the picture cards out along the long lane
  • Have the children take turns walking along the long lane on the floor to find one of Luke’s lost items.
  • When the luggage or a picture card is found, have the child who found it tell what it is, then invite the children to repeat the name of the item, emphasizing the /l/ sound by repeating the sound before the word (e.g., /l/ /l/ /l/ luggage).
  • Repeat until all the lost luggage is located.

More Practice
Identify the target sound

  • Think of several words that begin with the /l/ sound (or use the picture cards for ideas) and a few that don't (e.g., egg, car, dog, pat).
  • Have the children lie down on the floor and listen for words you say that start with the /l/ sound. 
    • If they hear a word that starts with /l/, let them lift a leg.
    • If the word they hear doesn't start with /l/, have them lie still.
    • If a child doesn't recognize the target sound, repeat the word again and ask if it starts with /l/ like Luke and licorice, nodding support if needed.
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SEEL Target Texts

Luke's Lost Luggage

Luke put a lemon, a letter, a lollipop, a leaf, a lamp, a lock, a ladybug, and some licorice in his luggage.
Luke picked up his luggage as he left for the large lake with Liz and Lauren. 
Luke, Liz, and Lauren walked down a long lane toward the large lake.
Luke lost some of the things from his luggage as he walked down the long lane. (Have the pictures in Luke’s luggage fall out on the lane.)
Luke, Liz, and Lauren looked and looked to find the lost luggage.
Luke found the lost lemon. Liz found the lost letter, and Lauren found the lost lollipop.
Finally, Luke found all his lost things on the long lane. 
Luke put the lost things in his luggage.
Luke locked his luggage so he would not lose his things again.
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Picture cards
  • Objects from around the house that start with the /l/ sound (optional)
  • Bag

Activity: Luke's Lost Luggage

  • Cut out the picture cards and lay them and/or objects that start with the /l/ sound in various places around the room.
  • Tell your child that your friend Luke lost some of the things that start with /l/ out of his luggage and needs help finding them, then say, "Let's look for Luke's lost luggage!"
  • Have your child walk around the room and find the things that Luke lost out of his luggage.
  • When your child finds a picture card or object, have him or her say, "Luke lost (a) ___ (e.g., leaf)." and put it in the bag.
  • (Optional) After your child has found all of the /l/ picture cards or objects, take them out of the bag one by one and say together, "Let's give Luke his ___ (e.g., letter)."

picture cards

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