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Starting Symphony
Match Starting Sounds

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet

Learning Objectives

Students will identify and match words based on their starting sounds.
Recognize that some words share the same initial sound.

Introduction (5 minutes)

Present words (e.g., mat, hat, man) and ask, "Which two words start with the same sound?" Emphasize the key idea that words share starting sounds, illustrated with examples (mad and mat both start with 'm').

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Engage with an example: "Listen and identify words starting with the same sound (e.g., fat and fan both start with 'f')." Reinforce the concept by highlighting starting sounds in various words (e.g., mat and man).

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Distribute the guided practice worksheet "Match Starting Sounds." In pairs or groups, students circle words that start with the same sound.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Provide the independent practice worksheet "Match Starting Sounds." Students match words to pictures, focusing on identifying and pairing words with similar starting sounds.



Offer additional support for students who may find identifying starting sounds challenging.


Provide extension activities for advanced students, such as creating their own word pairs with matching starting sounds.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Evaluate students based on completion of guided and independent practice worksheets, as well as their performance in the exit ticket.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the importance of recognizing and matching starting sounds in words.


Address confusion by revisiting examples and providing additional practice opportunities.

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