Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reading the 'K' Sound

This lesson should be done after 'c', 'k' and 'ck' have already been introduced to the child.  You can modify it for any group of phonemes that all make the same sound.  For example, 'o', 'oe', 'ow', 'ough'.  In addition to reading, it also promotes the science skill of sorting and classifying.  A great way to encourage critical thinking!

Lesson:  Reading the 'K' Sound

Objective:  Student will read and sort words that have the 'k' sound.

Materials:  Cards that have words with 'k' sound written on them (I got mine with a curriculum I use, but you can easily make your own.  See the list below)  Post-It notes.  Writing utensil.

  1. Instruct child that today she will be finding all the different ways to read, 'K' (say the sound, not the letter name).  
  2. Show her the first card, 'cat'.  Instruct her to read it, and then ask, "What makes the 'K' sound in this word?"
  3. When she identifies the letter C, have her write a C on a Post-It note, stick the Post-It note on the table below, and place the word card beneath.
  4. Show her 'back'.  Instruct her to read it, then ask, "What makes the 'K' sound in this word?"
  5. When she identifies the phoneme, 'ck', have her write CK on a Post-It note, stick the Post-It note next to the one already on the table, and place the word card beneath.
  6. Show her 'kiss'.  Go through the same process as above, making a label for the 'K' and place the card beneath it.  
  7. Now go through the rest of the cards, identifying the 'K' sound in each and sorting them beneath the appropriate Post-It notes.  
  8. Sophie chose to put 'kick' and 'clock' between the labels, because they include multiple 'K' sounds.  Let your child lead on this one.  

List of 'K' words (but I'm sure you can come up with more on your own!):
  • clock
  • lock
  • can
  • cab
  • shack (don't use if you haven't introduced 'sh' yet)
  • kick
  • sock
  • cat
  • duck
  • sick
  • luck
  • tick
  • kit
  • kiss
  • tuck


  1. You could totally turn that in to a folder.

  2. Totally! I must create a folder library.