- Reading, Writing
- 45 minutes
- Standards: RF.K.1.D
Ace the letter A with this lesson! Your students will love completing these colorful activities to get to know uppercase and lowercase A.
Students will be able to recognize uppercase and lowercase A.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell your students that you are thinking of a mystery letter.
- Invite them to guess the letter with the following prompts: Something to chop wood (ax), a big green reptile (alligator), something to hold a boat still (anchor), a delicious fruit (apple), and a tiny insect (ant).
- Ask the students to name the letter that all the words begin with.
- Play The A Song.
- Tell the students that today they will be focusing on recognizing upper and lowercase A.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Display How to Make an A. Read the poem aloud, turning it into a song with a tune if you want to.
- Ask your students to say the rhyme with you as they “air write” the uppercase A.
- Continue in the same way with the lower case A rhyme.
- Have your students say the rhyme with you as they “air write” the lowercase A.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each child a colorful A.
- Ask the students to notice the different colors and styles of writing.
- Explain that different writers may make their letters a little different but that all the letters are still A.
- Tell the students that they will play an easy game with the colorful letters.
- Begin the game by saying: Hold your A up if you have an uppercase green!
- Continue the game with the following prompts: Uppercase-red, lowercase-blue, lowercase-orange, lowercase-red, lowercase-green, uppercase-orange, uppercase-blue.
- Instruct your students to trade letters with a friend and then play again.
- This time, direct them to stand up when you call their matching letter.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give your students the Hidden Picture worksheet. Read the words at the top of the page.
- Tell your students that they will be counting and coloring the spaces with the uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Model how to count the lowercase letters, and record the amount in the space at the bottom.
- Model how to carefully color a space with an uppercase and lowercase letter.
- Dismiss your students to complete the worksheet.
- Enrichment: Instruct your students to practice writing the letters on lined paper. Have them label things in the room that begin with the letter A on sticky notes.
- Support: Provide a visual guide by writing an uppercase A in brown and a lowercase A in green on index cards.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Look for participation during guided practice.
- Walk around and make sure that your students can differentiate between upper and lower case.
- Look for accuracy during independent practice. Give support where needed with small clues and words of encouragement.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite your students to hold up their hidden pictures.
- Ask the students to say how many uppercase letters they colored.
- Ask the students to read the two rhymes one more time as they "air-write" the letters.