Letter D

Subject: Reading & Language

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Time Frame: 45 min.


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 D


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

Instructional Materials:

Anticipatory Set: To introduce the lesson and gain student interest the teacher will show the students pictures of animals that begin with the letter D (dog, dinosaur, donkey, etc.).  The teacher will ask the students what they all have in common, and tell them they will be learning more about the letter D.  When the students go over to the rug for the lesson, they will have to make the animal movements and sounds for one of the animals.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. To begin the lesson the teacher will read the book “ Duncan the Dancing Duck” by Syd Hoff, and have students listen and watch for the letter D.
  2. After the teacher has read the book, the students will have a chance to identify the letter D in the book and practice making the sound.  They will use the pointed to come up and show where the letter D is throughout the book. (Day 1)
  3. The students will then watch the letter D 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 D. (Day 2).
  5. For more practice on identifying the letter D 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 D video as a refresher on the sounds and letter formation.  The centers for letter D include letter poster, letter puzzle, which letter will win, and Starfall. (Day 3)
  6. Students will then practice identifying the letter D in text as a class by reading a short story on the letter D.  They will read the DLTK book as a class but students will have their own copies, where they will highlight the letter D where they find it. (Day 4)

Closure: As a wrap-up and closure for the lesson, students will practice identifying the letter D 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 D, 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 D.  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 D, as well as their participation in class discussions during the picture sort and the reading of “Duncan the Dancing Duck” by Syd Hoff.  The worksheets that will be turned in to be assessed for completion include the practice writing sheet, letter poster, and which letter will win, and starfall worksheet.


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