October 26, 2018
by Jasmine Gibson

EL Support Lesson

What Do You Hear?

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Same Sound, Different Location lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Same Sound, Different Location lesson plan.

Students will be able to identify letters and letter sounds at the beginning and end of words.


Students will be able to recognize and name the same ending or beginning sounds in words using visual and written supports.

(3 minutes)
  • Display the tiered vocabulary cards and say each word aloud.
  • Model how to identify the sound you can hear at the beginning/ending of each word by holding up the image of a pig and saying: "This is a pig. I can hear the /pp/ sound at the be ginning of pig."" then hold up the picture of the pup, "This is a pup. I can hear the /pp/ sound at both the beginning and end of the word, listen and watch--p--u--p, both letters make the same sound, even though they are in different parts of the word."
(2 minutes)
  • Explain that you'll play a movement game to practice listening for letter sounds. Tape up 4-6 large pre-written letters (e.g. P, G, B, L ) on different walls of the classroom.
  • Hold up an image (such as a ball) and ask the class to say the word aloud and identify the beginning sound /bb/ and letter B along with you. Then have them move to touch the wall the letter B is taped.
  • Repeat this for additional words saying things like, "Pup--what letter makes the ending sound?"
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to share with a partner 2-3 words using the same beginning sound as the beginning sound in their name.
  • Provide sentence frames for students to use when sharing: "My name is __ __ __ __ and __ __ __ __ starts with the same sound."
  • Have students draw or write their words on a paper.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their words (or drawings) with a peer. Encourage students to identify as many similar sounds as possible with their partner. Have students determine if the word shares the same sound in the beginning or ending.


  • Provide students with a variety of objects or images to match the same ending or beginning sound.


  • Encourage students to find additional words that contain the same ending or beginning sound.
(2 minutes)
  • Collect work samples to assess if students are able to identify words that begin or end with the same sound.
  • Circulate around the room while students are at work to check in with students and provide support as needed.
(3 minutes)
  • Close by inviting students to share one word that shares the same sound as their name with the group.

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