Teacher's Tasty Treat Table

Teacher's Tasty Treat Table
Target text


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

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Target Words:

  • teacher
  • treat
  • taste
  • tasty
  • table


  • /t/t treats (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca)
  • Labels for available treats with the beginning /t/ in each word bolded
  • Tray or small paper plate—one for each child
  • T-chart 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will try tiny, tasty treats as they listen for words starting with the /t/ sound, such as treat, tasty, teacher, and table

Literacy 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! 

More Practice
Repeat words with the target letter 

  • Create a T-chart 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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Recognize and produce the /t/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /t/


  • Foods 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 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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