Henry Had a Hat: The Letter H

  • Kindergarten
  • Reading, Writing
  • 60 minutes
  • Standards: RF.K.2.D
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August 13, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg

A silly rhyme and group activity will help your students read and write words that begin with the letter H. This lesson is great for students who are building early writing skills.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read and write words that begin with H.

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Lesson

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Play and sing along to the Animals ABC Song.
  • Tell your students to guess the letter of the day with the following prompts: something you wear on your head (hat), something you live in (house), and something horses like to eat (hay).
  • Invite your students to think of some other words that begin with H.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell your students to make the /h/ sound.
  • Invite a student to write an uppercase H on the board.
  • Invite a student to write a lowercase h on the board.
  • Read aloud the the Henry Had a Hat poem.
  • Tell your students to raise their hand whenever they hear a word that begins with /h/.
  • Read the silly poem with emphasis on the /h/ words.
  • Tell your students to arrange themselves in a learning circle.
  • Hand out copies of the Henry Had a Hat poem.
  • Tell your students to track the words as you read the poem again.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell your students to look for some h-words in the poem as you sound them out.
  • Sound out the word "hog" by slowly making the individual sounds in the word.
  • Tell your students to put their finger on the word when they find it in the poem.
  • Repeat this with the following words: H-A-T, H-O-G, H-E-N, H-A-Y, H-A-D.
  • Quickly hand out highlighters.
  • Tell your students to find and highlight the /h/ words.
  • Invite your students to read some of the words they highlighted.
  • Invite your students to read the poem with you as they track the words.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Show your students the Alphabet Practice: H worksheet.
  • Tell your students to trace the dotted letters and then write six uppercase and six lowercase letters on the lines provided.
  • Tell your students to draw and label two things that begin with /h/ in the squares provided.
  • Ask your students to raise their hands if they have questions about the assignment.
  • Distribute the worksheet and have students complete it.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to write some /h/ words on the backs of their worksheets for extra practice.
  • Support: Give simple clues to struggling students as they work.

Technology Integration

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • During Guided Practice, look for students who are following directions and participating.
  • During Independent Working time, look for students who are following directions and focusing on their own work.
  • Your students should be able to trace the letters and then write their own on the lines.
  • Your students should be able to read the labels on the worksheet to you.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Invite your students to read their words to each other.
  • Do a call and respond: What does H-O-G spell? How do you spell it?
  • Repeat the call and respond with the following words: hat, hen, hay, and had.

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