The Letter J

Language Arts

The sound this letter stands for is  - /j/ as in jam.

Theme words - jam, jungle, jump, joy, juggle, jeep, juice, jelly

Poetry and Rhymes:

J's the Jumping Jay-Walker by Phyllis McGinley(Old & New)
The Little Jumping Girls by Kate Greenaway(Old & New)
The Jellyfish by Susan Peters(1001)
Jenny the Juvenile Juggler by Dennis Lee(Icecream Store)
Shake-'N'-Bake a Jelly by Dennis Lee(Icecream Store)

Books to read aloud:
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Bumper to Bumper: A Traffic Jam by Jakki Wood
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Orange Juice by Betsey Chessen & Pamela Chanko


Composer - Scott Joplin  (1868 - 1917)

Songs - Jack and Jill,  Jingle at the Window,  Jennie Jenkins,  John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt


bread and jam,  jello,  juice,  jelly rolls

Bible Story/Character Trait

Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors,  Jonah,  John the Baptist,  Stories of Jesus


Jellybeans - using jellybeans you can count, add, subtract.  A good book to use for this is:
Jelly Beans for Sale by Bruce McMillan

Color -  jungle green


Bird- junco
Flower - jonquil
Mammal - jaguar
Ocean Creature - jellyfish

Social Studies

You could learn about the geography of Japan,  learn about the job of a janitor, or learn about the history of jazz music.

Art Project

Make a jellyfish.  You will need a paper plate, strips of paper or ribbons,  crayons, stickers, scissors, glue or tape.
Decorate the bottom of a paper plate with crayons, stickers etc.  Color strips of paper of different lengths or use gift wrapping ribbon.  Tape or glue the strips to the opposite side of the plate.  Use scissors to make some of the strips curl.  Make a couple holes in the middle of the plate.  Insert string and hang from the ceiling.


Teach your child how to juggle or jump rope.  Practice jumping jacks.


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