This open-ended folder game can be used to teach children about the features of /z/ as well as be an activity to practice sound production at any level.
The top section of the folder introduces 3 different characteristics of /z/ using pictures that kids can easily understand. It also gives a very descriptive name for the sound that can be used in therapy to remind children how to produce /z/. Open a file folder and then glue the next page with the /z/ descriptors on the top half. Next, glue the page with 10 pictures of a zoo on the bottom half of the open folder. Laminate the folder and then place a Velcro dot on each zoo. Cut out all 10 small zebras and laminate them. Then, put a Velcro dot on the back of each zebra. The student can attach a zebra to the zoo after correctly producing a /z/ sound.
/z/ is called the “tongue-tip blowing noisy sound.” The pictures can be used to stimulate conversation about how it looks, feels, and sounds to produce /z/ correctly. Folders for 2 different sounds can be used together or in a group of children with different target sounds to compare and contrast the features of each.
The bottom half of this folder can be used during practice drills. Kids can produce the target sound in any word position, phrase, or sentence. Then they can attach a zebra to the zoo each time they produce the target. There are 10 pictures in the game to make data collection easier.
Graphics from www.mycutegraphics.com, photos taken by Lauren Laur