V Vacation


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • vacation
  • van
  • vroom
  • volleyball
  • violin


  • Suitcase or duffle bag
  • Real objects that start with /v/ or picture cards (see below) (e.g., vacuum, violin, volleyball, vegetables, vest, vase, van)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pack things beginning with the letter V for their special vacation, as they listen for words that begin with the /v/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity
Pack things for the vacation

  • Display all of the /v/ picture cards or objects so children can see them. 
  • Give children the following clues one at a time and have them choose which /v/ item to put in the suitcase/duffle bag. 
  • When children put the /v/ item in the suitcase/duffle bag, have them say, “V___ for the /v/ vacation!”
Clue: Correct Item/Picture Card:
I need a machine that says, "Vroom!" It is loud and cleans the carpet. Vacuum
I need something that makes music and that you hold like this (pretend to hold a violin). Violin
I need a type of ball that you hit over a net. Volleyball
I need healthy food. Vegetables
I need something to wear that does not have sleeves and that has buttons. Vest
I need something to hold flowers in. Vase
I need a big car. Van

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Say, “Oh boy! I just found out that you get to come with me on my /v/ vacation! We need to make a packing list for you so you know what to bring!”
  • Have children list the things they will need to bring for the /v/ vacation (e.g.; vest for the /v/ vacation).
  • Write the list of /v/ things on chart paper or on the whiteboard.

Clap out sounds in words 

  • Have the children take apart the word van and clap once for each sound in the word (/v/ /a/ /n/).
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word van (3).
  • Clap for each sound in the word van again to reinforce the model.
  • Repeat with other words that start with /v/ (e.g., vet, vase, veer).
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /v/ sound.


SEEL At Home

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Repeat phrases beginning with the /v/ sound (e.g.; vase for the /v/ vacation).


  • Household items that begin with /v/

Activity: /v/ Vacation

  • Tell your child that you get to go on a very special vacation. For this vacation, he or she can only bring things that start with the /v/ sound.
  • Walk through the house with your child and find things that start with the /v/ sound that you could take on vacation (e.g., vase, video game, valentine, van, violin, vacuum, vitamins, Velcro, vinegar). When you find /v/ things, say, "V___ for the /v/ vacation!"
  • After you have found several /v/ things, ask your child which /v/ thing is his or her favorite. 


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