Ringing in Letters
Students will be able to identify and match upper and lowercase letters.
- Call students together.
- Ask students, “Who knows their ABC's and likes chocolate?” (It can be fun to take a second to stop and sing the ABC song in funny voices after asking who knows their ABC's.)
- Explain that today students will have the opportunity to play a game using Hershey's kisses. First, they will need to review their letters so that they can play the game.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Pass out the Lower Case Letter Practice: Christmas worksheet.
- As a group, go through and fill in the worksheet. (It can be useful to have an ABC chart visible for students during this activity.)
- Break into small groups and pass out the Christmas Alphabet worksheets. Have students complete these.
- Call students back together and compare answers. Confirm students are clear on their ABC's before continuing.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Divide the class into pairs or groups of four, and pass out a set of upper and lowercase Hershey's kisses to each group.
- Inform students that they may not eat these.
- Have students practice pairing up the upper and lowercase kisses while they can see all of the letters.
- Demonstrate to students how to mix up the Hershey's kisses and hide the letters. Explain that they will be playing a memory game where they will be taking turns flipping over two kisses at a time. The goal is to match up the corresponding upper and lowercase alphabet letters.
- Give students the opportunity to play a practice turn or two.
- Remind students about any expectations for small group work before sending them off to play (i.e. using quiet voices, staying seated, not eating the chocolate).
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Any adults in the room should be circulating, answering questions, correcting inaccurate matches, and observing student knowledge/interactions.
- Encourage early finishers to mix up the Hershey's kisses and play another round.
- Playing in teams can help to scaffold this activity for students who need a little extra help.
- Use alphabet charts as a visible reference tool to help students to match upper and lowercase letters.
- Challenge students to look for letters that form simple two and three letter words.
- Add shapes and additional decoy Hershey's kisses to make the memory component more challenging.
- Examine student work to determine if students write uppercase and lowercase letters properly.
- Take observational notes during student work time to assess student letter knowledge.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Call students back together.
- Ask students to share about their games:
- Were any letters hard to match or remember?
- Did they like playing this game? Why or why not?
- Close out the circle by having students spell out the ABC's with their bodies.
- Optional: Allow students to eat/take home some of the Hershey's kisses.