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Lesson Plans
Beginning Sounds Hunt


  • Students will recognize beginning sounds and identify the letters that represent the sounds.
  • Students will write letters that represent beginning sounds.
Materials Materials Needed
Preparation: Print the Beginning Sounds Picture Cards on heavy cardstock and cut the cards apart. (Or cut out the cards and glue them onto posterboard.) Then print and cut out two sets of the Beginning Sounds Letter Cards. Choose the letter sounds you wish to work on and display one set of those letter cards in a pocket chart and hide the second set of those letters around the classroom. Set the picture cards near the pocket chart so they are ready to display during the lesson. (If you do not have a pocket chart, simply tape the letter cards to a chalkboard or whiteboard. Place a loop of tape on the back of each picture card so they are ready to display during the lesson.)

Introduction Introduction

Display a few items you might bring to the beach, such as a hat, a towel, sunglasses and a beach ball. Take the hat and hold it up for students to see. Say the word “hat,” emphasizing the beginning sound. Ask a volunteer to name the letter that makes the beginning sound in “hat.” Repeat this exercise for the rest of the items. Make sure students understand that the first letter of each word represents its beginning sound.

Procedure Procedure

  1. Tell students that today they are “word detectives.” Explain that you will hold up pictures of objects and they must figure out the beginning letter of each object’s name.
  2. Hold up a picture card and say the word aloud. Prompt students to repeat the word after you. Then invite students to look at the letter cards in the pocket chart and decide which letter makes the beginning sound in that word.
  3. Count to three and have students point to the letter that they think is correct.
  4. Tell students that you have hidden matching letter cards around the classroom. Prompt students to hunt for the letter they pointed to.
  5. Place the picture card on the pocket chart. Once a student has found the correct letter card, invite the student to come place it next to the picture card.
  6. Repeat the activity with the rest of the picture cards. (Depending on the level of your students, you may want to extend this activity over more than one lesson.)

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Provide each student with a copy of the “Beginning Sounds” reproducible.
  2. Instruct students to say the name of each object to themselves.
  3. Encourage students to write the letter that makes the beginning sound in each word.

View the preschool–kindergarten lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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