Thump Things with your Thumb


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • thump
  • things
  • thumb
  • throne
  • three


  • Picture cards (see below) or items beginning with the letters Th (e.g. thumb, throne, three, thorn, thread, thimble, thumbnail, etc.)
  • Spinner with three or four numerals on it, including the numeral three.

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play with the /th/ sound and thump things with their thumbs.

Practice the skill within an activity
Spin number three to thump things with your thumb

  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Place the spinner and the /th/ picture cards face down (or the objects that begin with Th) in the middle of the group. 
  • Explain that each child will take turns spinning the spinner. Each time the spinner lands on three, the child can draw from the pile because it begins with /th/. 
  • The child should then say the name of the /th/ picture on the card and thump it with their thumb three times while repeating the following chant:
    • Thump, thump, thump on _______ (the picture card). 
  • Repeat until everyone has been able to participate.

Apply the skill
Identify and repeat words with the target letter

  • Have the children help you make a list of the Th words they heard while playing the game.
  • Have them shadow read the things they got to thump with their thumb.
  • Emphasize that all of the words begin with the same letters: the letter T and the letter H standing side-by-side and that those letters together make the sound /th/.
  • Read the Thump It target text (see below) aloud to the children, then invite them to join you in chanting it a few times.
  • Highlight the Th in the target text, reading the words that have Th aloud, emphasizing the /th/, then chant it again while pointing to the letters Th.
  • Ask the children to tell you something that begins with the /th/ sound as they transition away from this activity.

SEEL Target Texts

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Thump It!

Thump, thump, thump it on a thimble. 
Thump, thump, thump it on a three.
Thump, thump, thump it on a thumbnail.
Thump, thump, thump it on a knee.
A knee? How can that be? 
Thump and knee don’t begin the same!
What a shame.
That's the end of this game.



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