Teacher's Tasty Treat 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
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.
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!
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).
SEEL At Home
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.
Teacher's Tasty Treat Table