T Train
Target text


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

See Standards

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • tour
  • tent
  • trail
  • tiptoe
  • train


  • Objects or pictures of objects that start with the /t/ sound (e.g., taco, tent, top)
  • Tent 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 that they will pretend to stay in a tent in Texas while they listen for words that begin with the /t/ sound, such as train, tent, tour, and treat

Literacy Activities
Take a tour of Texas 

  • Have the children pick an object or picture of an object beginning with the /t/ sound to take on a tour of Texas. 
  • Let the children pretend to get on a train that will take them around Texas. 
  • Tell the children the train is powered by the /t/ sound and have the children say the /t/ sound fast or slow to drive the train to their tent in Texas. 
  • When the train stops, have the children pretend to tiptoe through tall trees to get to the tent.
  • Have the children identify their /t/ objects or pictures aloud and put them in the tent. 
  • Sit in the tent and pretend to eat tasty treats while reading Maisy Goes Camping (optional).

More Practice
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. 
  • Help the children remember the words that start with /t/ that were mentioned in the activity (e.g., tent, train, taco, towel) and think of more as desired.
  • Encourage the children to draw pictures of some of those items 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 a child drew on their 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, tar, tug). 
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /t/ sound.
Read More


SEEL At Home


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


  • 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___."
  • When you get home, talk about the /t/ things you saw together, emphasizing the /t/ sound (e.g., /t/, /t/ tire) and inviting your child to echo each word. 
  • Note: This activity can also be done in the car.
Read More