Acing The Letter 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.