August 24, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg
Lesson Plan:

Acing The Letter A!

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Students will be able to recognize uppercase and lowercase A.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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