- 65 minutes
- Standards: RF.K.1.d
Let your students practice their letter recognition skills with this hands-on activity that teaches them the difference between upper and lower case letter.
Students will learn to identify the letters, both lower case and upper case.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Ask your class if they know the difference between upper and lower case letters.
- Let your students discuss their ideas.
- Tell your students about upper case letters, or the forms of letters that start proper nouns and sentences, and lower case letters, or the form of letters that makes up everything else, are used together to create words and sentences.
- Inform your students that they will be learning about matching letters, or the upper and lower case forms of the same letter, today.
- Show students your letter cutouts and draw their attention to the differences between upper and lower case letters and tell them that they will match these letters.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, pausing to show students the matching letters as you go.
- Go through your letter cutouts one by one. Show students how to match the upper and lower case letters.
- Display the alphabet poster and tell your students to look at it as they work on their own matching.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Lay the alphabet cutouts on a table and encourage students to try and find the matching letters.
- Walk around the work area as they work together.
- Provide assistance if needed.
- If the students are not able to do the matching, remind them to refer to the alphabet poster.
- Appreciate their efforts.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Encourage students to work on their own, but allow students to partner up if they want to.
- Pair up students who have a strong understanding of the concept with students who might need more help.
- Have students match upper and lower case letter cutouts.
- Let students know that it is okay to make mistakes because that is how we learn.
- Pass out the Matching Uppercase and Lowercase Letters worksheet.
- Have students complete the worksheet individually.
- Rotate around the room to provide assistance.
- Have students pass in the worksheets when they are done.
- Enrichment: Once the students gain confidence in matching letters, you can play a quick match game with a timer. Have them match as many as they can in a given time frame.
- Support: For students who are still learning to identify letters individually, this activity can be used to get them comfortable with identifying the letters.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- As the students are working independently walk around and observe their efforts.
- Note the level of difficulty or ease the students have while doing the activity.
- Observe whether or not a majority of your students are able to do the activity with minimal assistance.
- Grade the completed worksheet for correctness.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Call the children back into a group.
- Ask students if they feel comfortable with identifying lower and upper case letters.
- Allow students to ask questions and voice their concerns.
- Appreciate their efforts in learning this concept and doing it independently.