Recognize and/or produce the /t/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /t/.
- Objects or pictures of objects (see below) that start with the /t/ sound (i.e., taco, tent, top)
- Tent (make a pretend tent with a blanket/large sheet of paper) or a large picture of a tent drawn on the board
- Book: Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to pretend to stay in a tent in Texas while they listen for words that begin with the /t/ sound.
Practice the skill within an activity
Take a tour of Texas
- Have children pick an object or picture of an object beginning with the /t/ sound (see images below) to take on a tour of Texas.
- Have children pretend to get on a train that will take them around Texas.
- Tell the children the train is powered by the /t/ sound. Have children say the /t/ sound fast or slow to drive the train to their tent in Texas.
- When the train stops, tiptoe through the trees to get to the tent.
- Have children identify aloud and put their /t/ objects/pictures in the tent.
- Sit in the tent and pretend to eat tasty treats.
Apply the skill
Repeat words that begin with the target letter
- Give each child a piece of paper and have them fold it in half to look like a tent.
- Encourage the children to draw pictures that begin with the /t/ sound on the tent.
- Say together, “The T tour tent has a t___ on it!” filling in the blank with the name of a /t/ picture that was drawn on the tent.
Clap out sounds in words
- Have the children take apart the word top and clap once for each sound in the word (/t/ /o/ /p/).
- Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word top (3).
- Clap for each sound in the word top again to reinforce the model.
- Repeat with other words that start with /t/ (e.g., tap, ten, team, tape, tug).
- Point out that all of the words start with the /t/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Repeat phrases or word series that all begin with the /t/ sound.
Activity: T Tour
- Go on a walk with your child and pretend to be on a train that is powered by the /t/ sound (the faster you say the /t/ sound, the faster you go).
- As you pretend to ride on the "train," practice saying the /t/ sound together to make your train go faster and slower.
- With your child, look for things that begin with the /t/ sound (e.g. tree, trunk, truck, tire, twig).and say together, "Toot! Toot! I see a /t/, /t/, t___."
- Make a list of all of the /t/ objects that you see on your walk.
- When you get home, read the list of /t/ things you saw on your T Tour together, emphasizing the /t/ sound as you read (e.g. /t/, /t/ tire) and inviting your child to say each word with you.
- Send the list to school with your child to share with a teacher.
- Note: This activity can also be done in the car:
- Have your child pretend he or she is in a train, and say the /t/ sound as you drive.
- Encourage your child to look out the windows for things that begin with the /t/ sound.
- When your child sees something that begins with /t/, have him or her say, "Toot! Toot! I see a /t/, /t/, t___."
- Try to remember as many of the /t/ things your child sees as you can so you can make a list when you get home.