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The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

The Letter Hunt

Objective: increase phonemic awareness; correctly identify initial consonant sounds.
Group Size: 4 to 24
Prep Time: > 15 minutes
Playing Time: 5-15 minutes
Interest Level: ages 3 to 12
Ability Level: beginning to intermediate

Materials Needed: collection of flashcards or small objects

Game:  Have students form a circle. Place flashcards or objects outside the circle. Teach the following song to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell":

We're looking for a/an [name of letter],
We're looking for a/an [name of letter],
[Sing sound of the letter to the tune of "Heigh, ho, the Derry Oh!"]

We're looking for a/an [name of letter].

After each verse, ask a student to find an object or picture beginning with that sound and place it in the center of the circle. Continue until all objects or pictures have been used.

You might also use this song to teach vowel sounds, final consonant sounds, or blends. For added variety, you might give each student a flashcard instead of placing cards or objects outside circle. When a student's sound is sung, he or she steps into the circle.

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