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Students will be able to identify the capital letter F. Students will be able to create the sound the letter F makes. Students will build fine motor strength by squeezing a water bottle independently. Students will participate in gross motor activities to the best of their abilities.
- Inform your students that today you will be doing a lesson on the letter F. Ask the class if anyone in the room has a name that starts with the letter F.
- Play the Animal ABC Song, and ask students to pay attention to the sound the letter F makes in the video.
- Tell your students that fire starts with the letter F. Activate prior knowledge from the students by asking your students to talk about why fire is dangerous.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Create the letter F on the board.
- Walk them through how to properly make an F, showing them how to make straight lines.
- Read Firefighters to the Rescue by Kersten Hamilton. Invite students to look at the pages in the book to find the letter F.
- Ask students questions about the book. For example: Why are firefighters so important? What do they do?
Guided Practice(25 minutes)
- Divide your class up into 2 groups.
- Group one will be at a sink. If you don't have a sink in your classroom, use a garbage can or large container. Fill it with water and place the the red letter Fs in it.
- Invite students to use the squirt bottles filled with water to try and put the fire out. Tell them that this is similar to how firefighters put out fires using their hoses.
- Group two will line up in a straight line close to the pole that has red, orange, and yellow tissue paper attached. Tell the students that this is a fire and that fire creates smoke. When there is smoke, tell your students that they must get low to the ground to crawl to safety. Have them take turns crawling under the pole.
- Centers should last however long you feel is appropriate. Have your students switch.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Give your students the F Detective worksheet to complete.
- Enrichment: Instruct your students to turn their worksheets over and practice making uppercase and lowercase letters. Have them circle their best letters and show you!
- Support: Help your students with motor skills as they complete this activity, modeling how to crawl and squeeze the bottle. Give them a letter F to look at and trace.
- Call each student up to find a letter F object around the classroom.
- For homework, write a note to parents inviting them to go on a letter F scavenger hunt at home. Instruct them to write you a note the following day about what objects were found at home.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- As a review, go over fire safety questions.
- Ask your students why they should never play with fire.