thump things with your thumb

Thump Things with your Thumb

Thump Things with your Thumb
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • thump
  • things
  • thumb
  • throne
  • three


  • Picture cards or items beginning with the /th/ sound (e.g., thumb, throne, three, thorn, thread, thimble, thumbnail)
  • Spinner with three or four numerals on it, including the numeral three.
  • Thump It target text

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with the /th/ sound and thump things with their thumbs. 

Literacy 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 the /th/ sound) 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/
  • Have the child say the name of the /th/ picture on the card and thump it with a thumb three times while repeating the following chant: 
    • Thump, thump, thump on ___. 
  • Repeat until everyone has been able to participate. 

More Practice
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 aloud to the children, then invite them to join you in chanting it a few times. 
  • Highlight the th words in the target text, reading the words that begin with  the /th/ sound 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. 
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SEEL Target Texts

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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