Associate the letter A (and lowercase a) with the short /a/ sound as in animal, ant, and cat.
- Animal graphics*
- Large ant graphic*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to be animals as they practice saying the short /a/ sound in words that start with the letter A such as absent, animal, alligator, ant, antelope, and anteater.
Act like animals
- Introduce each paper animal to the children, pointing out that they all begin with the letter A, and in these words, A makes the /a/ sound as in apple.
- Demonstrate how each animal would act (e.g., alligators snap jaws, anteaters slurp ants, antelopes leap, ants crawl on the ground).
- Allow the children to take turns choosing a graphic and acting like the animal while the other children guess the animal (support as needed).
- When the children guess the animal correctly, write the animal name on the board and point to the letter A as they say, "/a/ /a/ /a/ ___ (e.g., alligator)."
Find absent animals
- Choose one child to step outside the room.
- Help the other children choose an animal graphic and hide it somewhere in the room.
- Invite the first child back inside the classroom.
- Allow the first child to search for the absent animal.
- Have the other children help him or her by saying the /a/ sound louder as he or she gets closer or softer as he or she moves away from the hidden animal.
- Repeat the activity, allowing other children to take turns searching for the absent animal.
Write the target letter
- Show the children the large ant graphic.
- Have the children name the letter A in the word ant and say the /a/ sound.
- Instruct the children to write the letter A (and lowercase a) several times around the ant, saying the /a/ sound each time they write the letter A.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase A (and lowercase a) with the short /a/ sound as in animal, ant, and cat.
- Animal graphics
Activity: Absent Animals
- Identify each paper animal with your child and point out that each animal begins with the letter A, which makes the short a sound as in apple.
- Have your child step outside the room while you hide an animal graphic somewhere in the room.
- Invite your child back inside the room to search for the animal.
- Help your child search for the absent animal by saying the /a/ sound louder as he/she gets closer or softer as he/she moves away.
- Repeat the activity, taking turns hiding and searching for the absent animal.
- Make a list of the words from the activity that begin with the letter A (e.g., absent, animals, alligator, ant, antelope, anteater).
- Have your child underline the letter A in each word while saying the /a/ sound.
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.