Frenzy Freeze Dance

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter F (and lowercase letter f) with the /f/ sound (e.g., freeze, flap, fly).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fuzz
  • flap
  • furry
  • feel
  • fold
  • flip

Materials:

  • A folder with a flap (or any container for the fuzz)
  • Fuzz (e.g., fuzzy yarn, fur, felt, lint from the tumble dryer)
  • Action cards (see below)
  • Frenzy, flow, and freeze signs (see below)
  • Selections of fast “frenzy” music and slow “flowing” music (optional)
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2005) (optional)

     

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will have a fuzz frenzy (explain that frenzy means wild excitement) as they practice saying the /f/ sound in words that start with the letter F, such as fuzz, fold, flip, and frenzy.

Practice the skill within an activity

Feel the fuzz

  • Read the story The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens (optional) and tell the children they will have their own fuzz frenzy.
  • Have the children sit in a circle and have each child find a piece of fuzz from the folder with a flap.
  • Read the action cards (see below) with the children and let them perform the action on each card:
    • Feel the fuzz (e.g., rub the fuzz on the face, feet, fingers, and forehead).
    • Let the fuzz fall (e.g., drop the fuzz on the ground).
    • Fold the fuzz (e.g., fold the fuzz in half).
    • Fit the fuzz in a fist (e.g., hold the fuzz inside of a hand held in a fist).
    • Flip the fuzz (e.g., flip the fuzz up into the air).
    • Let fuzz float (e.g., throw the fuzz into the air and watch it float to the ground).
  • Have the children repeat alliterative phrases such as, “/f/ - /f/ - feel the fuzz on your face. The fuzz feels fabulous on my face!” throughout the activity, emphasizing that the words beginning with the /f/ sound start with the letter F.
  • Direct the children to sit in the circle and hide the fuzz between their folded legs.

Have a fuzz frenzy dance

  • Introduce the fast music or hum fast music and hold up the “frenzy” sign. Explain that the children will dance around with their fuzz in a fast, excited way during the “frenzy” music.
  • Introduce the slow music or hum slow music and hold up the “flow” sign. Explain that the children will dance with the fuzz in a slow, flowing way during the “flow” music.
  • Hold up the “freeze” sign. Explain that when the music stops, they must freeze and remain frozen until the music begins again.
  • Alternate playing or humming music while holding up the corresponding signs. Allow the children to dance in a fuzz frenzy, dance with flowing fuzz, and freeze when the music stops.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words

  • Write a list of the words from the activity that begin with the letter F: fuzz, feel, fall, fold, fit, flip, float, frenzy, fist, face, fingers, forehead, fast.
  • Read the list with the children and have them circle the letter F in each word. Emphasize that the words all start with the /f/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter F (and lowercase f), while producing the /f/ sound.
  • Have the children cut out their letters and attach them to the fuzz folder.

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Objective
Associate the uppercase letter F and lowercase letter f with the /f/ sound (e.g., fuzz, fur, felt).

Materials

  • Fast "frenzy" music and slow "flowing" music
  • Fuzz (e.g., fuzzy yarn, fur, felt, fuzz from the dryer lint trap, a fuzzy sweater)
  • Action cards and signs (see below)

Activity: Frenzy Freeze Dance

  • Play the fast music or hum fast music and hold up the "Frenzy" sign. Have your child dance around with the fuzz in a fast, excited way during the "frenzy" music.
  • Stop playing or humming music and hold up the "freeze" sign. Have your child freeze and remain frozen until the music begins again.
  • Play the slow music or hum slow music and hold up the "Flow" sign. Have your child dance with the fuzz in a slow, flowing way during the "flow" music.
  • Alternate playing or humming music while holding up the corresponding signs.
  • Write a list of the words from the activity that begin with the letter F: fuzz, feel, fall, fold, fit, flip, float, frenzy, fist, fast. Let your child write the letter F at the beginning of each word.
  • Read the list with your child and have him or her circle the letter F in each word. Emphasize that the words all start with the /f/ sound.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

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Standards

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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.

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