V Vacation
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • vacation
  • van
  • vroom
  • volleyball
  • violin


  • Suitcase or duffel bag
  • Picture cards or objects that start with /v/ (e.g., vacuum, violin, volleyball) 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pack things for a pretend V vacation as they listen for words that begin with the /v/ sound, such as violin, van, volleyball, and vroom

Literacy Activities
Pack /v/ things for a V vacation 

  • Display all of the picture cards or objects and help the children identify them, pointing out that they all begin with the /v/ sound. 
  • Give the children the following clues one at a time and help them choose which /v/ item goes with the clue and gets put in the suitcase or duffel bag.
  • When the children put the /v/ item in the suitcase or duffel bag, have them say, “___ (e.g., Violin) for a V vacation!”

Correct Item or 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 can 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. Vest
I need something to put flowers in. Vase
I need a big car.


More Practice 
Repeat words with the target letter 

  • Say, “What can I bring on my V vacation that starts with the /v/ sound!” 
  • Help the children think of things that start with the /v/ sound that you can bring (e.g., vest for the /v/ vacation). 

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. 
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SEEL At Home


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


  • Household items that begin with /v/ (e.g., vase, vinegar, vegetables)

Activity: V Vacation

  • Pretend with your child that you are going on a V vacation and 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, van). When you find /v/ things, say, "___ (e.g., Vinegar) for the V vacation!" 
  • After you have found several /v/ things, review the items (emphasizing the /v/ sound, and ask your child which /v/ thing is his or her favorite.
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