Letter A

Subject: Reading & Language

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Time Frame: 45 min.

Standards              

Print Concepts

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1D-Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.

Conventions of Standard English

Phonological Awareness

Topic: Letter A

Objectives:

  • Identify and name the letter A
  • Produce the sound for letter A
  • Write both upper- and lower-case letter A

Instructional Materials:

Anticipatory Set: To introduce the lesson the teacher will show the students the chart paper with a large apple on it, and ask students what it is and if they can identify the first letter of the word.  The teacher will then teach students how to make the sounds for letter A, and show students an upper- and lower-case A.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. To begin the lesson the teacher will read the book “Ten Apples Up On Top!” by Dr. Seuss and have students listen and watch for the letter A.
  2. After the teacher has read the book, they will go back to the large chart paper with the apple and letter A on it, and show students the apple picture filled with upper- and lower- case A (as well as other letters).  Students will have a chance to come up and see if they can spot the letter A, and can use a bingo dabber to mark it in the apple. (Day 1)
  3. The students will then watch the A video to practice making the sound and learn how to write the upper- and lower-case letter.  While the video is showing how to write the letter, students will “air write” the letter at the rug.
  4. After the students have watched the video, they will do a practice writing sheet for the letter A. (Day 2)
  5. For more practice on identifying the letter A as well as forming both upper- and lower-case versions, students will do center rotations.  Each center will be 10 minutes long, with 5 minutes of directions before-hand as a class.  Before the students visit the centers they will watch the letter A video as a refresher on the sounds and letter formation. The centers for letter A include search the room, letter poster, highlight a letter, and ABC egg matching.  (Day 3)
  6. Students will then practice identifying the letter A in text as a class by reading a short story on the letter A.  They will read the book as a class but students will have their own copies, where they will highlight the letter A where they find it. (Day 4)

 Closure:  As a wrap-up and closure for the lesson, students will practice identifying the letter A and the sounds by doing a class picture sort at the rug.  The teacher will fill a bin with objects that begin with the letter A, as well as ones that do not.  Each student will have a chance to pick an object out of the bin that begins with the letter A.  At this time the teacher will also give students a chance to share their alphabet search object for that week (see lesson introduction for instructions).  Once students have had a chance to share, the teacher will introduce the letter movement for that week.  (Day 5)

Formative Assessment: Students will be assessed based on their completed worksheets for the letter A, as well as their participation in class discussions during the picture sort and the reading of “Ten Apples Up On Top!” by Dr.Seuss.  The worksheets that will be turned in to be assessed for completion include the practice writing worksheet and letter poster.  Students will also be assessed based on their completion of the at home activity, which is bringing in an object that has the beginning sound for the letter of the week (A).

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