Teacher's Tasty Treat Table


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • teacher
  • treat
  • taste
  • tasty
  • table


  • T treats (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca)
  • Labels (write them to match the available treats) -- placed by each tasty treat, bolding/emphasizing the beginning T in each word
  • Tray or small paper plate, 1 for each child
  • T-chart (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will try tiny, tasty treats as they listen for the /t/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity
Taste tiny, tasty treats on the teacher's table

  • Have the children wash their hands and place all of the T treats on your tasty treats table.  
  • Introduce the tasty treats to the children, and have them repeat the name of each treat as you introduce it. 
  • Ask the children if they would like to taste the teacher’s tasty treats, and tell them how many treats (e.g., three to five) they may take.
  • Pass out a tray or paper plate to each child.  
  • Model how to make a tray of tasty treats. Use phrases such as, “Today I’m tasting tuna, tater tots, tangerines, and tapioca.”
  • Have the children take turns coming to your tasty treat table to fill their trays, encouraging them to clearly state which foods they are going to taste.
  • Inform the children that they must wait to taste their treats. Once all the children have filled their trays, have each child take a turn telling what is on his or her tray (e.g.; “Today I’m tasting t___, t___, etc.”).
  • Signal to the children that they may eat their treats by saying, “Time to taste our tiny treats!

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Create a T-chart (see below) listing two treats from the activity.
  • Have the children vote on which treat was the tastiest. Tally the votes for each treat by writing a T for each vote in the corresponding column on the chart.
  • After all the votes are tallied, announce how many children liked each treat by saying, “___ (number of children) children thought tangerines* were the tastiest treat and ___ children thought taffy* was the tastiest treat.” (Replace each word marked with * with the actual treats used in class.)

March and say the sounds in words 

  • Have the children march and say each sound of the word tug:
  • segment sounds: say /t/ (march right), say /u/ (march left), say /g/ (march right)
  • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say tug to blend the sounds into the whole word
  • Repeat with other words that start with /t/ (e.g., tin, top, tap, team, tall, took).


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Repeat words that begin with the /t/ sound (e.g., tasty).


  • Food beginning with the /t/ sound
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Teacher's Tasty Treats

  • Explore the fridge, freezer, or pantry with your child to find food beginning with the /t/ sound (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca, taco shells).
  • Plan a T party for family and/or friends where only treats beginning with the /t/ sound can be on the table.
  • Prepare tiny serving sizes of the treats for everyone to take turns tasting.
  • As everyone tastes the tiny treats, encourage them to say, "Today I'm tasting t___."
  • If they like the treat, encourage them to say, "T___ is a terrific treat!"  
  • If they don't like the treat, encourage them to say, "T___ is a terrible treat!"
  • Help your child make a list of all the treats at the T party. Write the name of each treat for your child as he or she dictates it to you.


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