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Lesson Plans
Beginning Sound Presents
Preschool–Kindergarten
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will identify letters A to Z.
  • Students will identify beginning sounds and match them to the corresponding letters.
Materials Materials Needed *Try to include wrapping paper or bags that represent Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Preparation. Have parent volunteers wrap the lid and base of each box separately. (For younger students, you may choose to focus on 3 or 4 letters instead of the whole alphabet. Simply have volunteers prepare the number of boxes that you need.) Download, print, and cut apart the Beginning Sounds Letter Cards and Beginning Sounds Picture Cards. Tape each letter card to the outside of a different box. In several of the boxes, place a small classroom object that starts with that letter. For example, place scissors in the “S” box, a pencil or bottle of paint in the “P” box, and a small book in the “B” box.

Procedure

Procedure

  1. Explain to students that many different holidays are celebrated in December. Ask students whether they can name the holidays (e.g., Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa). Tell students that part of celebrating these holidays is exchanging gifts with friends and loved ones.
  2. Direct students’ attention to the boxes and tell them that they are going to open presents from different letters of the alphabet. Select a volunteer to open one of the boxes that contains an object. As she pulls out the object, say its name aloud. Continue with the other boxes that contain objects.
  3. Review the objects with the students and ask what each item has in common with its box. For example, you could ask, “Why do you think the scissors were in the S box? Why was the pencil in the P box?” Guide children to understand that each box contains an object whose name begins with the letter on the box.
  4. Invite students to suggest other items that could be placed in each box. On chart paper, make a list of the objects that students suggest. Reinforce the beginning sound of each word.

Independent Practice

Independent Practice

  1. Tell students that you are going to challenge them to fill each box with pictures of objects whose names begin with that letter.
  2. Distribute 4 or 5 Beginning Sounds Picture Cards to each student. Prompt students to place their cards in the appropriate boxes.
  3. Invite volunteers to take turns opening boxes to reveal the pictures inside. Say the name of each picture aloud and have the class decide whether the object was placed in the correct box. If not, ask them to decide where the object should go instead.

Extension Activity

Extension Activity

Download, print, and cut apart a few sets of the Beginning Sounds Picture Cards for use in a learning center. Each week, place 3 or 4 of the boxes in the center. Have students sort through the picture cards to find the pictures that belong in each box.

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