EL Support Lesson

How Does it End?

This is a great lesson for students to practice identifying the ending sounds in words and connecting those sounds to specific letters in the alphabet! This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Ending Notes** lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Ending Notes lesson plan.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Ending Notes lesson plan.

Students will be able to identify ending letters and the sounds they make.


Students will be able to identify the ending sound in grade-level words using visual supports.

(3 minutes)
  • Display the vocabulary card or object of a car (toy car) and have the class say the word aloud with you (""car""). Then say the word again, this time emphasizing the ending sound using a movement (e.g. pumping your fist down) as you say the /r/ sound at the end.
  • Repeat this time having the students repeat after you chorally and matching your movements at the ending sound.
  • Explain that you just found the ending sound in the word car /r/ which is the letter R (point to the letter on a classroom alphabet chart). Tell the class that today they will practice listening for and saying the ending sounds in words.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the classroom alphabet chart and model how to find the matching ending sound in the word after you said it aloud. Write the word 'car' on the board and then circle the R and point to the R on the alphabet chart.
  • Model how to then use the word in a sentence: "I can drive a car."
  • Repeat this process with the group using a second word, such as "bus."
(2 minutes)
  • Pass out individual alphabet placemats to each student.
  • Write a word on the board (along with a corresponding image, such as 'man') and say the word aloud.
  • Have students work with a partner to find the ending sound using their alphabet placemats.
  • Bring the group back together and review the ending sound and corresponding letter (N).
(15 minutes)
  • Expain that now students will work with a partner to identify the ending sound in a word and the corresponding letter.
  • Pair students together and provide each pair with a set of the vocabulary cards.
  • Have students use their alphabet placemats as support to identify the ending sound/letter in each word.
  • As time allows, have students use the words in a sentence.


  • For students who need additional support, have them complete the Picture the Same Ending Sound worksheet.
  • Work with a small group of students to identify ending sounds and letters instead of having students work with a partner.


  • Encourage students to identify the ending sounds in additional words and use those words in a sentence.
(3 minutes)
  • Circulate around the classroom during the partner work time to assess if students are able to differentiate between sounds and identify the correct letter.
  • Make note of anyone having difficulty, check in with students to clarify any misunderstandings as needed.
  • Assess if students are able to use the words in a sentence with their partners.
(2 minutes)
  • Write up 1-2 additional words on the board and ask students to practice finding the ending sound and letter as a group.
  • If time allows, invite students to share a sentence aloud from their partner work.

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