Naughty or Nice
Recognize and produce the /n/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /n/.
- Santa hat
- Action cards (see below)
- Notebook labeled “Nice Notebook”
- Picture cards (see below)
- Dice template (see below)
The children will see who is on Santa's naughty or nice list while listening for words that start with the /n/ sound, such as nail, nose, not, and notebook.
Practice the skill within an activity
Naughty or nice
- Write the words naughty and nice on the board and help the children define them, then point out that both words begin with the /n/ sound.
- Show the children each naughty and nice action card (see below) and help them identify what is happening in the picture before you put the card into the Santa hat.
- Invite the children to take turns drawing a card out of the Santa hat and holding it up for the children to see.
- Have the children call out “Naughty!” or “Nice!” depending on the action on the card.
- Choose a child to glue or tape each “Nice!” card into the Nice Notebook while all of the children say, “It’s nice not to be naughty.”
- Allow the children to take turns drawing the rest of the naughty or nice pictures card out of the hat.
Searching for the /n/ sound
- Have the children work together in small groups to sort the picture cards (see below) according to their initial sounds.
- If the picture starts with the /n/ sound, have the children say, “____ (e.g., nail) starts with /n/!” and place it face-up on the table.
- If the picture doesn’t start with /n/, have the children say, “____ (e.g., bat) does not start with /n/.” and place it face down.
- Ask the children to take turns pointing to the /n/ sound cards and identifying the word as they emphasize the /n/ sound (e.g., /n/ /n/ /n/ nose).
Apply the skill
Recognize words beginning with the target letter
- With ideas from the children, write a nice note to Santa telling him about the /n/ words they heard throughout the lesson (e.g., naughty, nice, notebook).
- Read the letter aloud to the children, pointing to the words, and having the children echo the /n/ words back to you.
- Read and say the /n/ words again with the children, emphasizing the /n/ sound (e.g., /n/ /n/ /n/ nose)
Roll the /n/ dice
- Assemble the paper dice, and read each of the words on the dice to the children, pointing out that some start with the /n/ sound and some do not.
- Allow the children to take turns rolling the dice while you help read the word that the dice lands on.
- If the dice lands on a word that starts with the /n/ sound, have the children repeat the word and say, “That’s /n/ /n/ nice!”
- If the dice lands on a word that starts with a different sound, have the children say, “No, that’s not /n/!”
Naughty or Nice