Rabbits and Raccoons Rescue Roosters


Associate the letter R (and lowercase letter r) with the /r/ sound (e.g., rabbit, raccoon, rooster).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • run
  • race
  • red
  • rabbit
  • raccoon
  • rescue
  • ribbon


  • 2 tubs
  • Red bag/container
  • Letter cards
  • Rooster pictures printed on red paper
  • Rabbit and raccoon labels
  • Award ribbons
  • R & non-R picture cards for the red bag
  • Rusty Raccoon Meets Ricky Rabbit by Ann Monsen (Airleaf Publishing, 2006) (optional)

Read Rusty Raccoon Meets Ricky Rabbit by Alexander Zane (optional). Tell the children they will be rabbits and raccoons that get to rescue roosters as they practice saying the /r/ sound in words such as rescue, run, and ribbon.

Literacy Activities
Rescue the hidden R letters

  • Place R and r letter cards around the classroom.
  • Instruct the children to find the letter R around the classroom.
  • Chant, “/r/ - /r/ - /r/” as they race around the classroom to rescue the Rs.
  • Have the children say, “R makes the /r/ sound” when they find an R letter card.

Rescue the Roosters

  • Divide the children into two teams: the rabbits and the raccoons.
  • Label one tub “rabbits” and one tub “raccoons” and have the children form one line next to each tub.
  • Place red roosters at the opposite end of the room.
  • Have one member of each team run to rescue a rooster, write an R on it, and bring it back to their tub. At the same time have the rest of each team cheer for their team by chanting, “/r/ - /r/ - run! R says /r/”
  • Repeat until all of the red roosters have been rescued.
  • Count the red roosters in each team’s tub together as a class, by saying, “One red rooster, two red roosters, three red roosters …”
  • Reward the rabbits and the raccoons with red ribbons for rescuing the red roosters.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Play Pass the Red Bag game

  • Fold R and non-R picture cards in half and put them in a red bag or container.
  • Have the children sit in a circle to take turns passing the red bag.
  • Have each child remove a card and decide if it begins with the letter R.
  • The child will then replace the folded card in the red bag, shake it and pass it along.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write r (and uppercase R) letters on the red ribbons they received for rescuing the roosters.
  • Have the children say the /r/ sound each time they write the letter R.
  • As the children write, point out the shapes included in the letters R and r (i.e., lines and circles).
  • Let the children color the racecar red.


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Associate the letter R (and lowercase r) with the /r/ sound (e.g., red, rabbit, rooster).


  • Red Roosters, Rabbit, and Raccoon pictures

Activity: Rabbits and Raccoons to the Rescue

  • Place the red rooster pictures at one end of a running area. Place the rabbit and raccoon pictures at the opposite end.
  • One person will be the rabbit and the other will be the raccoon.
  • Race to rescue the red roosters by running down, taking one rooster at a time, writing an R on it, and bringing it back. Place the rescued roosters on the rabbit or raccoon picture. Continue until all the roosters are gone.
  • Help your child write a list of words that begin with R from the activity (i.e., rabbit, raccoon, rooster, rescue, run, race, etc.).
  • Have the children underline the letter R at the beginning of each word, while saying /r/.



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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.