Subject: Reading & Language
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Time Frame: 45 min.
- 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
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1a Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2c Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Topic: Letter C
- Identify and name the letter C
- Produce the sound for letter C
- Write both upper- and lower-case letter C
- “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
- Letter “C” objects (cookie, candy, carrots, etc.) with velcro
- Paper caterpillar with velcro
- Letter C card (or on chart paper)
- Letter C video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyYRko2b3MQ&feature=plc ) or Heidi Songs letter C video ( http://www.heidisongs.com/our-products/details.php?id=69&keywords=Singable_Songs_for_Letters_and_Sounds_DVD)
- Letter C practice writing worksheet (http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/trace.htm)
- DLTK C book (http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/c/index.htm)
- Letter C movement card
- Letter C picture sort objects
- Center materials for letter poster, letter puzzle, letter maze, sand/gel baggies
Anticipatory Set: To introduce the lesson the teacher will show the students the letter C, and go over the sound it makes. Students will practice saying the sound when the teacher holds the letter card up, and practice saying the letter when the teacher makes the sound.
- To begin the lesson the teacher will read the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and have the students listen for the letter C.
- After the teacher has read the book, the students will again go over the sound for the letter C as well as what it looks like.
- The teacher will then explain to students they are going to feed the caterpillar “C” objects, similar to the book where he ate all the food. Since the word caterpillar begins with a C, students can only feed him objects or food that begin with a C. Each student will have a chance to come up and take a object out of the bag to feed the caterpillar, if the object begins with a C they say what it is and the class makes the letter sound. Both the objects and the paper caterpillar will have velcro on them in order for the objects to stick. (Day 1)
- The students will then watch the C 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.
- After the students have watched the video, they will do a practice writing sheet for the letter C. (Day 2)
- For more practice on identifying the letter C as well as forming both upper- and lower-case letters, 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 C video as a refresher on the sounds and letter formation. The centers for letter C include letter poster, letter puzzle, letter maze, and sand/gel baggies. (Day 3)
- Students will the practice identifying the letter C in text as a class by reading a short story on the letter C. They will read the DLTK book as a class but students will have their own copies, where they will highlight the letter C where they find it. (Day 4)
Closure: As a wrap-up and closure for the lesson, students will practice identifying the letter C 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 C, as well as ones that do not. Each student will have a chance to pick and object out of the bin that begins with the letter C. 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 C, as well as their participation in class discussions during the picture sort and the reading of “ The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. The worksheets that will be turned in to be assessed for completion include the practice writing worksheet, letter poster, and letter maze.