Lesson plan

Hungry Animal Letters

Satisfy your students' hunger for learning in this quick and fun letter recognition activity.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will recall and recognize letters and letter sounds based on objects that begin with the letters A, B, and C.

(5 minutes)
  • Introduce the lesson by asking about letters. Potential questions include: Where do you find letters in your home? Can you tell me where letters can be found in our classroom?
  • Play the Animals ABC Song for the class.
  • Referring to the song, ask a few volunteers to name one letter and the animal that matches.
(10 minutes)
  • Prior to the lesson, cut out each picture from the Letter sheets, and write the name of the picture on the back. For example, cut out the picture of the apple from the Letter A card, and write apple on the back of it. These will be referred to as picture cards.
  • Write the letters A, B, and C on the sides of the tissue box, with one letter on each side.
  • For each group of pails, paste the alligator, bear, and cat labels, with one label on each pail.
  • After this preparation, show your students three pails with the alligator, bear, and cat labels.
  • Begin with the first pail that has an alligator. Ask your students what animal and letter are on the pail. Potential guiding questions include: What is the first sound you hear in the word on the pail? What letter is that?
  • Show some picture cards to your students, and have one student select a letter A picture card. Ask him to name the picture on the card, and have him "feed" the animal pail that begins with the corresponding letter. For example, if your student chooses an acorn, put the picture into the alligator pail because it starts with an A.
(10 minutes)
  • Separate your class into groups.
  • Place three pails and the picture cards on a table with each group.
  • Have your students take turns telling their group the name of the picture and the beginning sound it makes.
  • Have each student match the corresponding picture card with the corresponding pail.
  • Direct your students to continue this process until all the picture cards are in the pails.
(5 minutes)
  • Give your students the Alphabet Sorting worksheet with their own sets of picture cards for the letters A, B, and C.
  • Remind your students to look at each picture card, say the name of the picture, and identify the beginning sound.
  • Tell your students to place the pictures in the corresponding letter columns on the worksheet. For example, the cake would go in the C column.
  • Explain to your students that they can refer to the animals on the top of the worksheet to remember beginning sounds.
  • Enrichment: Have your students sort the letters according to the words written on the back of the cards. For example, instead of saying the word acorn aloud, direct your students to look at the word and identify the letter A. Have them sort without talking aloud.
  • Support: Instead of explicitly placing the picture cards into the pails, have your students identify the words without categorizing them.
(5 minutes)
  • On the assessment sheet, write your students' names in the blank spaces. Circle the letters that students can recognize, and cross out the ones they cannot recognize.
(5 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to roll the tissue box as they would with dice.
  • Have your students say the letter that the box lands on. For example, if the letter A is face up on the box after it is rolled, your student would say A.
  • Direct your students to look for a picture that begins with the same sound.

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