Letter X Marks the Spot


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • box
  • six
  • ox
  • ax
  • fox
  • x-ray
  • t. rex


  • X Marks the Spot treasure map (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Large uppercase letter X 
  • Box with letter X on top
  • Treat or other “treasure” inside box—1 for each child

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going on a treasure hunt where X marks the spot words with X in them will lead them to the treasure.

Practice the skill within an activity
leads to the treasure box

  • Before the activity, hide the letter X word cards and the treasure box (with the "treasure" or treats inside it) around the room.
  • Have children look for the word cards, saying the /ks/ sound.
  • When a word card is found, have the child say, “I found a(n) ____, it ends with the letter X,” and have everyone say together, “____ ends with X!”
  • When all the X pictures have been found, have the children search for the X that marks the spot and the box.
  • Have the children draw an X in the air with their finger three times to open the box. 
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure/treat inside.
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the lesson that end in /x/.

Apply the skill
Repeat the name of the target letter

  • Play "Hot Potato" with the large uppercase letter X (see below).  
  • Set a timer for 30 seconds.  
  • Sit in a circle and pass the X around quickly.  
  • When the timer goes off, have the child who is left holding the X say, “X marks the spot!”


SEEL At Home

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


  • X letter cards (see below)​​​​
  • ​​​X word cards (see below)
  • Box for treasure
  • "Treasure" or treat to put inside the box

Activity: X Marks the Spot

  • Make a path through your house of letter X cards (see below) and X word cards (see below) that lead to the "treasure box."
  • Have your child follow the path to find the treasure, saying "X says /ks/" when he or she gets to a letter X card, or "___ ends with X.  /ks/, /ks/, /ks/" when he or she gets to an X word card.   
  • When your child reaches the "treasure box," have him or her write an X three times in the air to be able to open the box, then open the box and enjoy the treasure/treat that's inside together.
  • Have fun looking at all the word cards together, then saying the words aloud and pointing to the X at the end of the words.x-letter-cards
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