hot holiday hotcakes
Associate the uppercase letter H and lowercase h with the /h/ sound, as in hot, hair, and house.
- Letter cards
- Picture cards
- Writing practice page
- Hot Holiday Hotcakes song
- Music for the song "London Bridge"
The children will play a game with hotcakes (special pancakes) as they practice saying the /h/ sound in words that start with the letter H, such as hotcakes, holiday, and hand.
Play the Hot Holiday Hotcakes game
- Place the picture cards in a bowl or hat.
- Attach the letter cards to the beanbag and explain to the children that the letter H makes the /h/ sound in words such as hot.
- Tell the children they will pretend the beanbag is a hotcake.
- Have the children sit in a circle and teach them the Hot Holiday Hotcakes song to the tune of "London Bridge".
- Turn on the music for the song "London Bridge" and have the children pass the beanbag around the circle.
- Ask the children to say, “Hot!” as they pass the beanbag.
- When the music stops, have the child who is holding the beanbag choose a picture card from the bowl or hat.
- Have the children circle the letter H in the word on the picture card while saying the /h/ sound.
- Play the game several times as desired.
Identify the target sound in words in a text
- Show the children the text for the song Hot Holiday Hotcakes.
- Have the children find and circle the uppercase letter H and lowercase h throughout the text, saying the /h/ sound each time they circle a letter.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter H and lowercase h on the writing practice page.
- Have the children produce the /h/ sound while writing the letter H.
- Allow the children to draw a picture of an object that begins with the /h/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., heart, hat, hand, house, hamburger, hotdog).
SEEL Target Texts
Hot Holiday Hotcakes
Hot, hot, hot,
Hot, hot, hot.
Holiday hotcakes hot, hot, hot.
Hot, hot hotcakes.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter H and the lowercase h with the /h/ sound.
- Hotcake graphic
- Paper plate
- Ingredients for pancake batter
Activity: Hot Holiday Hotcakes
- Help your child write the uppercase letter H and lowercase h on a paper plate.
- Place the plate at one end of the room and the hotcake graphic at the other.
- Take turns carrying the hotcakes to the plate, one at a time while producing the /h/ sound repeatedly.
- When you get to the paper plate, say, "Hot starts with H!"
- Write the sentence "Holiday hotcakes are hot!" and have your child circle the letter h throughout the sentence.
- Emphasize that the letter H makes the /h/ sound.
- If desired, make real hotcakes (pancakes) and allow your child to practice writing the letter H in the pancake mixture with a spoon (optional).
- The activity can be repeated several times.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Hot Holiday Hotcakes