# Recognizing Upper and Lowercase Letters

• Preschool, Kindergarten
• 60 minutes
• Standards: RF.K.1.D
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August 27, 2015

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.

### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize and distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters.

## Lesson

### 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)

• Load the Lowercase Letters Cloud Catcher game on the interactive whiteboard.
• Demonstrate how to play the game.
• Invite students to the board to tap the correct letters.
• Load the Alphabet Hopper game and repeat the above procedure.

### 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.
• 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.
• Dismiss your students to begin their work.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• 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.

## Review

### 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.