Weave a Web


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • weave
  • web


  • Paper – 1/2 sheet for each child
  • Yarn – several strands for each child about 8 inches long
  • Tape
  • /w/ and non-/w/ picture cards (see below) – at least 1 /w/ card for each child

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to weave webs for /w/ things as they listen for words that start with the /w/ sound, such as watermelon, wagon, wand, and world.

Practice the skill within and activity
Weave things with into a web

  • Show the children how to weave a web by taping strands of yarn criss-crossing each other in random directions on a piece of paper.
  • Have the children come up one at a time and choose a picture card (see below).
  • Ask the child to identify the picture on the card, emphasizing the first sound in the word (e.g., /w/, /w/, witch). Support where needed.
    • If the object on the picture card begins with the /w/ sound, have the child say, “Weave w___ in my web!”
    • If the picture on the card does not begin with the /w/ sound, have the child say, “I do not want to weave ___ in my web!” and set the card off to the side, and have the child choose another card until he or she gets a /w/ card.
  • Have the child tape the /w/ picture card onto his or her web paper.
  • Continue the activity until all of the children have had a turn.

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Have the children show their webs to each other and describe them using /w/ words (e.g.; I wove a w___ in my web.).

Tap out sounds in words

  • Have children identify the onset (beginning sound) and rime (the vowel and ending sounds) of words by tapping their head (onset) and their toes (rime) (e.g. web = /w/ tap head, /eb/ tap toes). Point out that all of the words begin with the /w/ sound.
    • web = /w/ /eb/
    • wig = /w/ /ig/
    • wait = /w/ /ait/
    • wet = /w/ /et/
  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by the by tapping their head (beginning), and toes (end) and then clapping to say the whole word (e.g. /w/ tap head, /eb/ tap toes = bag clap hands)
    • /w/ /eb/  = web
    • /w/ /ig/ = wig
    • /w/ /ait/ = wait
    • /w/ /et/= wet


SEEL At Home

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


  • Web graphic (see below)

Activity: What's on the Web?

  • Talk with your child about how a spider weaves webs on lots of different things, and if the weather is warm enough, go outside with your child and find a spider web.
  • Walk around outside or in the house with your child and look for things that begin with the /w/ sound (e.g., window, waffle maker, water, wagon, wallet, watch, wood, worm, wall, weeds). 
  • When you and your child find something that begins with the /w/ sound, ask your child to draw the /w/ item on their web.
  • Repeat until your child has drawn several /w/ things on the web.
  • Have fun taking turns pointing to and identifying the items on the web by saying, "The w____ (/w/ item) is on the web."Spider Web


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