August 27, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg
Lesson Plan:

Recognizing Upper and Lowercase Letters

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

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

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