Nice and New
- Picture cards
- Bulletin board
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will decorate a nice, new board as they listen for words that start with the /n/ sound, such as not, nose, noodle, and nail.
Nail nice /n/ things to the new board
- Have the children take turns choosing a picture card, identifying the picture, and showing it to the other children.
- Have the children decide together whether or not the picture on the card begins with the /n/ sound.
- If it does, have the children say together, “Nail the ___ (e.g., nose) to the nice new board!” then help the children tack the picture on the bulletin board.
- If the picture does not start with the /n/ sound, have the children say together, “No nail in the ___(e.g., cat)!” and set the card aside.
- Repeat the activity until all the children have had a turn to choose a picture card.
Identify the target letter
- Say a word to the children that begins with the /n/ sound (e.g., nice) and ask if the word begins with the same sound as nail, emphasizing the /n/ sound (e.g., /n/ /n/ /n/ nail).
- If the word begins with the /n/ sound, have the children touch their nose.
- If the word doesn’t begin with /n/, have the children shake their heads “no.”
- Repeat several times with various words.
Tongue twisters with /n/
- Make a necktie out of paper and tack it to the bulletin board.
- Invite a child to choose one of the picture cards that are tacked on the bulletin board, and tack it on the necktie as everyone says, “Ned nailed a ____ (e.g., nose) on his necktie.”
- Give each of the children a chance to “nail” a picture card on the necktie and lead the other children in saying the tongue twister with the new word.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /n/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /n/.
- Paper napkin
- Items that begin with the /n/ sound (e.g., nail, necklace, necktie, noodles)
- A few items that begin with other sounds (e.g., carrot, towel, soap)
Activity: Napkin for /n/ things
- Have your child unfold the napkin so it is a large square and tell your child that only things that begin with the /n/ sound can go on this napkin.
- Show your child the items that you found around the house then have your child identify each item and decide whether the item starts with /n/ or not (support as needed).
- If the item begins with the /n/ sound, have your child put it on the napkin saying, "___ (e.g., Nose) on the napkin!"
- If it does not begin with the /n/ sound, have your child set the item to the side saying, "No ___ (e.g., carrot) on the napkin."
- After your child has sorted all of the items, point to each /n/ item on the napkin and emphasize the /n/ sound as you identify them together again (e.g., /n/ /n/ /n/ noodles).
Nice and New