Yellow Yak


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • yellow
  • yak
  • yard
  • yummy
  • yes


  • Large piece of yellow paper (to be the Yellow Yak’s yard)
  • Yellow Yak graphic (see below)
  • Letter Y picture cards with pieces of yarn attached
  • Yellow yarn—2 short pieces and 1 long piece for each child
  • Yellow crayons

State and model the objective
Tell the children they are going to help Yellow Yak yank things into his yard that start with Y.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Yank things into the Yellow Yak's yard
    • Explain to children that Yellow Yak loves having things in his yard, but he only says “yes” to things beginning with the letter Y
    • Choose a child to help Yellow Yak find yellow yarn (attached to a picture card) to yank into his yard. 
    • When the picture card begins with the letter Y, children say, “Yes! Yank the y___ into the yard!” and place it in the yard.  
    • Repeat until all of the children have had a turn.
    • Ask the children what sound the letter Y makes, and what words they heard that start with the letter Y.

Apply the skill

  • Write and repeat words with the target letter
    • Give children 3 pieces of yellow yarn (1 long, 2 short). Show how to make an uppercase letter Y with the yarn. 
    • Review the Y items that Yellow Yak had in his yard. Show the picture cards again, and for each card that begins with Y, have the children yell, “Yes, the ___!”


SEEL At Home

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With support, your child will say the letter Y.


  • Yak and Y picture card graphics (see below)
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Yellow Yak

  • Look through the Y picture cards with your child and put a name to each one. 
  • With your child, determine if the yellow yak would like having the items in his yard (the yellow yak only likes things in his yard that begin with the letter Y).
  • With your child, search for things around your home that begin with the letter Y.
  • Make a list of all of the things you found around your home that begin with the letter Y. yak-graphic




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