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Spotlight on Articulation K/G
Ages: 5-10   Grades: K-5

Sequence stories like Digger the Billy Goat and more lively, pick-up-and-use activities target the articulation of k/g across all levels of sound production.    


  • Successfully articulate k/g in syllables, words, sentences, and storytelling
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The stimulating lessons give students plenty to talk about and feature:

  • practice articulation of k/g in all positions in words and in a variety of phonetic contexts
  • reproducible pages with a wide variety of interactive learning formats: mazes, rebus stories, sentence fill-ins, picture scenes, story sequencing, games, and more
  • lighthearted art to capture children's attention
  • activities arranged in a hierarchy of difficulty
  • tips for sound production and a progress chart

You may purchase Spotlight on Articulation K/G individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Articulation set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Articulation CH

Spotlight on Articulation K/G

Spotlight on Articulation L

Spotlight on Articulation R

Spotlight on Articulation S

Spotlight on Articulation SH


Copyright © 2006

40 pages, progress chart

According to the Clinical Guidelines of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (, 2005) and the Preferred Practice Patterns of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (, 2004):

  • Acquiring effective spoken language involves the development of a range of processing skills, which utilizes multisensory information and the development of phonology and articulation.
  • Speech sound intervention should focus on improvement of speech sound discrimination and production.
  • Speech sound intervention should include general facilitation of newly-acquired articulation and/or phonological abilities to a variety of speaking, listening, and literacy-learning contexts.

Spotlight on Articulation K/G incorporates the above principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Barb Truman, Lauri Whiskeyman, Margaret Warner


Barb Truman, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Barb wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, allowing her to spend precious time with her husband, adopted son, mother, and other family members.

Lauri Whiskeyman, M.A., Ed.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Lauri wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently a speech-language pathologist working with students in preschool through middle school.

Margaret Warner is a freelance artist in Bettendorf, Iowa, who began illustrating for LinguiSystems in 1988.  Her art appears in hundreds of LinguiSystems products.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret have authored and co-authored several LinguiSystems publications.


You can never have too many materials—especially for articulation practice!  It takes a lot of practice to change a student's articulation patterns.  The goal of the Spotlight on Articulation series is to provide lots of fun practice across many levels (e.g., syllable, word, sentence).

In Spotlight on Articulation K/G, you'll find worksheets with pictures, words, sentences, and engaging activities (e.g., mazes, tic-tac-toes, games, rebus stories, fill-ins).  We have used a variety of words to allow for practice in many different phonetic contexts.  To give students more practice per word, have them repeat the word a specific number of times or do the activity page a second time.

The activity sheets are designed to be pick-up-and-use ready.  They are arranged in a hierarchy by word position, but you can start wherever you wish and pick and choose the pages that suit your student's level of performance.  A progress chart is included to help track your student's progress.

The syllable activity sheet is versatile enough to work on the target phoneme in all positions.  Have the student repeat the syllable as she touches the K or G and then the vowel (e.g., "ke, ga").  For final position practice, have the student touch the vowel and then touch the K or G (e.g., "ik, eg").  For medial practice, have the student touch the vowel, touch the consonant phoneme, and then touch the vowel while phonating (e.g., "eke, aga").  The vowels can represent long or short vowel sounds as needed for practice.


Tips for Production*

The /k/ and /g/ sounds are produced by raising the back of the tongue to the velum to block the breath stream and then dropping the back of the tongue to release the built-up air pressure.  The /k/ sound is produced without a voice and the /g/ sound is produced with a voice.

  • Have the child auditorally distinguish between /k/ and /g/.  The child can listen to a list of words to indicate which contain /k/ and which contain /g/.  You can also use minimal pairs for discrimination (e.g., key/tea, got/dot ).
  • Show the child a picture of the mouth/tongue that illustrates the back of the tongue touching the velum.
  • Apply pressure to the underside of the child's chin, raising the back of the tongue.  Have the child say "kuh" or "guh" as you release the pressure.
  • Have the child lie on her back.  Her tongue will fall toward the back of her mouth.  Have the child tilt her head back so her tongue moves closer to her palate.  Have her say /k/ or /g/.
  • Use a tongue depressor to hold the child's tongue tip behind her lower teeth.  Ask the child to raise the back of her tongue up to the roof of her mouth to build up oral pressure.  Have the child quickly release the pressure as she says "kuh" or "guh."

We hope your students enjoy these activity sheets as they practice their /k/ and /g/ sounds.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret

*adapted with permission from Plass, B. (1996). SPARC Artic Jr. East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems, Inc.