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 U
- Identify and name the letter U
- Produce the sound for letter U
- Write both upper- and lower-case letter U
- “The Umbrella Day” by Nancy Evans Cooney
- Letter U pictures (unicorn, umpire, etc.)
- Letter U video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWiRgOuaS84&list=ECBADD94CE3A9304E0&index=22) or Heidi Songs letter U video (http://www.heidisongs.com/our-products/details.php?id=69&keywords=Singable_Songs_for_Letters_and_Sounds_DVD)
- Letter U practice writing worksheet (http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/trace.htm)
- DLTK U book (http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/u/index.htm)
- Letter U movement card
- Letter U picture sort objects
- Center materials for letter poster, playdough letters, letter puzzle, ABC egg matching
Anticipatory Set: To introduce the lesson the teacher will show the students an umbrella, and ask them what letter they think they will be learning about today. They will then go over the sound for letter U and what it looks like.
- To begin the lesson the teacher will read the book “The Umbrella Day” by Nancy Evans Cooney and have the students listen and watch for the letter U.
- After the teacher has read the book, they will go over the sound for letter U and what it looks like. Students will then practice identifying the sound for letter U as well as the upper- and lower-case letter U by sticking objects to the Umbrella. Only U beginning sound objects and upper- and lower-case U will stick to the umbrella, and students will have to look through a basket of pictures to find them. (Day 1).
- The students will then watch the letter U 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 U. (Day 2).
- For more practice on identifying the letter U 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 U video as a refresher on the sounds and letter formation. The centers for letter U include letter poster, playdough letters, letter puzzle, and ABC egg matching. (Day 3)
- Students will then practice identifying the letter D in text as a class by reading a short story on the letter U. They will read the DLTK book as a class but students will have their own copies, where they will highlight the letter U where they find it. (Day 4)
Closure: As a wrap-up and closure for the lesson, students will practice identifying the letter U 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 U, 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 U. 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 U, as well as their participation in class discussions during the picture sort and the reading of . The worksheets that will be turned in to be assessed for completion include the practice writing sheet, and letter poster.