- Preschool, Kindergarten
- 60 minutes
- Standards: RF.K.1.D
In this lesson, music, games, and a tricky maze help your students recognize uppercase and lowercase letters. All these activities are sure to keep kids both engaged and learning.
Students will be able to recognize and distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Gather the students together.
- Invite your students to sing the ABC song with you. Play the The Alphabet Song on the interactive whiteboard.
- Sing along with the music. Encourage your students to "air write" the letters.
- Tell your students that they will be looking for uppercase and lowercase letters today.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- Take your students to a computer lab or supply them with individual laptops. It is fine for two or three students to share a computer while playing the games.
- Help your students find the games online.
- After ten minutes of playing Lowercase Letters Cloud Catcher, instruct your students to switch to Alphabet Hopper.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Bring your students back to the interactive whiteboard.
- Display one of the ABC mazes.
- Tell your students that they will be coloring the letters that follow the alphabetical path out of the maze.
- When they reach a dead end, they can draw an x to show where the wrong path ended.
- This should be done with colored pencils or highlighters so that the letters will show through the coloring.
- Model how to carefully color the letters on the maze.
- Demonstrate how to go back and retry if you hit a dead end.
- Tell your students that there are two versions of the maze.
- They may pick the one they want to work on.
- Ask your students if they have questions about the task.
- Dismiss your students to begin their work.
- Enrichment: Above level students may enjoy creating their own ABC maze with this Maze Generator.
- Support: Some students may need to use an alphabet chart as a visual guide.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Observe your students as they play the computer games.
- They should remain on task and progressively increase in skill as they play.
- Observe your students as they work on the maze.
- Look for students who are following directions and finding the path easily.
- Check all work to make sure every student finished correctly.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite your students to show their mazes to each other.
- Display the mazes on the interactive whiteboard.
- Invite the students to make corrections if they need to.
- Ask your students what they liked about the lesson.
- Ask your students to think of other ways to practice recognizing letters.