Admire the Acrobats

Admire the Acrobats
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


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

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to admire an acrobat and then 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 

  • Explain to the children that when you admire someone or something, you think they are great.
  • Show the children a YouTube clip of acrobats so that they get an idea of what an acrobat does, and encourage them to applaud for the acrobats. 
  • Write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a on the whiteboard.
  • While emphasizing the target sound A, write admire and acrobat on the board and point out that both begin with the letter A sound.

Letter A tickets

  • Scatter the letter cards around the room.
  • 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 the child emphasize the A sound as he or she says, “I found an A ticket for the /a/, /a/, acrobat show!”

Find Acrobat Avenue

  • 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.”
  • Point out that the words avenue, app, 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 As to do flips and tricks all while saying things like, “Admire the 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.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children wear the letter cards as name tags.
  • Have the children walk around the room to find other children to make a word with, and have both children say the word they made out loud.  
  • 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.
  • Write words on the board that start with the /a/ sound (e.g., acrobat, apple, ant, animal), then have the children draw pictures of them on their paper.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.