November 6, 2017
by Catherine Crider

Lesson plan

Ringing in Letters

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Students will be able to identify and match upper and lowercase letters.

(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.
(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).
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.

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