Lesson Ideas for the Cracking Sound of Cc.

Hard Cc Sound

Objective: Teach children to recognize the hard sound of Cc in words.


  •  Have an egg ready to crack.
  • Have Phonics By Spelling music and books.   View at our website.        http://www.phonicsbyspelling.com/      
  • Collect some pictures with the hard sound of Cc as the beginning sound and letter.   If the sounds are a review, teach Cc and Kk together.
  • Get cornmeal and trays for practicing letters and names.   (To get the cornmeal to be smooth, shake the tray gently.)
  • Have paper and pencils ready for handwriting practice and an art project.


  • If you have the Phonics By Spelling books, listen to at least the first half of the Phonics By Spelling, Book 1.   If each child has access to a book or student book, have each child touch each letter, picture, and spelling if possible.  Enjoy the chants.
  • Now replay the “Cc Cracking Egg” song.  Johnny is cracking an egg to make a cake.  Crack an egg and listen for the sound.  Show how Kk also has the “Cracking Egg” sound.   Ask if the capital and lower case Cc look alike or different.  Discuss how they are alike and how they are different.
  •  Show pictures of things that have the Hard Cc sound at the beginning, and some other pictures.  “Which pictures have the “Cracking Egg” sound?”  Sort the pictures into those with the Cracking sound and those without the Cracking sound.  Point out that “Cracking” starts with and has in the middle the hard sound of Cc.  Write words such as “can, cat, cut” on yellow sticky notes, and put on the wall card or word wall. 


  • Young children can hear and recognize the sound easier than they can write the letter.  Show them how to make a “c”.  Then let them try it to write a large “C”.    Have them try to turn their “C” into a cat or can.
  • Take a few children at a time and have them form the letter C in cornmeal spread lightly on a tray.  Then have them make the “c” into a lower case “a”.   Practice other letters and their names.

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