T Train


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tour
  • tent
  • trail
  • tiptoe
  • train


  • 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

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Repeat phrases or word series that all begin with the /t/ sound.


  • Paper
  • Pencil

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.


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