Tent with Ts
- Sheet or large cloth
- Large plastic bag
- Letter Ts
- T tags
- Other cut-out letters
- T objects or pictures (e.g., towel, train, tree)
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will set up a T tent and fill it with objects that start with the /t/ sound while they listen for words that begin with the /t/ sound, such as tent, tarp, and tree.
Set up a T tent
- Create a line of letter T cutouts on the ground leading to an open space.
- Have the children follow the T trail.
- Take a cut-out letter T, put it on the ground, and tell the children that this is where they will place the tent.
- Explain to the children that before they can set up a tent, they have to put down a tarp (a plastic sheet to keep water out of the tent), then have the children help you put down the tarp.
- Have the children help you set up the tent by draping the sheet over chairs.
- Help the children cut out pictures of trees.
- Make a pile of cut-out letters and ask the children to find the cut-out Ts, then put them next to or on the trees and the tent.
- Have the children find objects and pictures in the room that start with the /t/ sound (e.g., tools, train, towel), then tape T tags on the objects and pictures and put them in the tent.
- Pretend that the tent is tipping. Say, “Don’t tip the tent!”
Repeat words with the target letter
- Have the children tell you how to take a trek on the T trail to set up the tent. Emphasize the Ts and phrases with the /t/ sound.
- Have the children take the T trail back to their tent, but by only stepping on Ts and saying the /t/ sound every time they do.
- Ask the children to help you create a tongue twister with the /t/ words that you have talked about and let everyone have fun trying to say it.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /t/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /t/.
- Uppercase letter Ts
- Picture cards
- Objects that begin with the /t/ sound
- A blanket to build a tent
- Tarp or a large towel
Activity: Tent with Ts
- Have your child make a T trail (using the cut-out Ts) to where he or she wants to set up the tent.
- Follow the T trail together. Have him or her put down a tarp and set up a tent by draping a blanket over chairs.
- Have your child find objects that start with the /t/ sound or use the picture cards to put in their tent.
- Have your child put the cut-out Ts on the tent and T objects or picture cards.
- Pretend that the tent is tipping and say, "Don't tip the tent!"
Tent with Ts