Admire the Acrobats


Associate the letter A (and lowercase a) with the short vowel /a/ sound, as in mat, cat, and can.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • admire
  • acrobat
  • admission
  • avenue
  • app
  • accident
  • advise


  • Video of acrobats performing 
  • Letter cards
  • Phone graphic
  • Word blending cards
  • Writing practice page

The children will pretend to admire an acrobat as they read and write words that start with the letter A and make the short /a/ sound as in apple, act, animal, and acrobat.

Literacy Activities
Admire the acrobats

  • Ask the children if they have ever seen an acrobat, or if they know what an acrobat is.
  • Show the children a YouTube clip of acrobats so that they get an idea of what an acrobat does. 
  • Tell the children they are going to admire the acrobats.
  • Write the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter on the whiteboard. While emphasizing the target sound point out that admire and acrobat both begin with the letter A.

A tickets

  • Scatter the letter cards around the room along with the distractor letters.
  • Tell the children that they will be going to an acrobats show, but in order to get in they will have to have to find a letter A card to use as their ticket.
  • Have the children search the room for letter A letter cards. Every time a child finds the letter A, have them say, “I found an A ticket for the acrobat show!”
  • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter A, refer the child to the letters A and a written on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?”

Find Acrobat Avenue

  • Once the children have all found an A ticket, tell them that they will have to go to Acrobat Avenue to admire the acrobats.
  • Tell the children that in order to find Acrobat Avenue they will have to ask an app on their pretend phones.
  • After the children have found Acrobat Avenue let the children use the A ticket to be admitted to (enter) the show.
  • Make comments such as, “If you have your A ticket, I’ll admit you to the acrobat show on Acrobat Avenue.”
  • Emphasize that the words avenue and admit start with the letter A while emphasizing the short /a/ sound.
  • Let the children admire the acrobats as they watch the YouTube clip again (optional).

Turn your A into an acrobat

  • Have the children write the letter A on a sheet of paper then let them take turns pretending their letter A is an acrobat.
  • Have the children use their A to do flips and tricks all while saying things like, “Admire your acrobat,” or “Look at the active acrobat.”
  • Remind the other children who are watching that they need to act like a good audience and admire the acrobat performing.
  • Have the children stack the A acrobats.
  • Advise the acrobats to be careful so they don’t fall and have an accident.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and end (fingers) (e.g. cat = /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers). Help the children recognize the /a/ sound in each word.
    • ran = /r/ /a/ /n/
    • lap = /l/ /a/ /p/
    • sat = /s/ /a/ /t/
    • bag = /b/ /a/ /g/
  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: pat → mat; ran → fan
    • Change the ending sound: man → mat; bat → bag
    • Change the middle sound: sat → set; pan → pen; pat → pot; lag → log

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a, then draw pictures of things that start with the /a/ sound: acrobat, apple, ant, animal.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.