Beginning Sound Match

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This lesson will allow students to practice both writing names and identifying beginning sounds for common item names.

Grade Level: K - 1st

Subject: English/Language Arts

Length of Time: 30-45 Minutes

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Common Core Alignment

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.2.C - Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).

Objectives & Outcomes

Students should be able to accurately write their first name and identify beginning sounds in familiar items.

Materials Needed

Construction paper, crayons/markers, glue, pictures (samples provided) – Can alternately use magazines for pictures, scissors



Opening to Lesson

  • Begin by asking students who in the room can spell their name.
  • All students should be well versed in this after the first month or so of kindergarten.
  • Ask a few students if they will spell their name out loud.
  • “Brian, can you spell your name? Good now let’s take it apart. What sound does the B make? Good, now the R?...”
  • Continue through at least three names so students understand that each letter makes a separate sound.

Body of Lesson

  • Demonstrate to students how they will turn  a piece of construction paper lengthwise and write their name one letter at a time with enough space to glue a picture beside the letter.
  • Tell students they will choose the pictures to make their letter sounds, each one will be different from other students.
  • Allow students to color their chosen pictures and glue them in the appropriate spot.
  • (Help struggling students get started by limiting choices if needed)


Have students share their pictures with the class by saying the sound and pictures that match. Display name art.

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Assessment & Evaluation

If the student produces a paper with their name and pictures to match beginning sounds then the project will be successful. (I.E. B – Bear  R – Rice I – Ice A – Ant N – Nut)

Modification & Differentiation

Special needs students may be given a selection of pictures instead of choosing from all available pictures.

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