Associate the letter R (and lowercase r) with the /r/ sound (e.g., red, rich, rose).
- Green pipe cleaners and red tissue paper
- Red ribbon (optional)
- Rose leaf graphic (see below)
- Ring Around the Roses song (see below)
- Ring Around the Rosies music (optional)
- Red Roses and Red Ribbon text (see below)
- Rosie’s Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards (Katherine Tegen Books, 2003) (optional)
State and model the objective
Read Rosie’s Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards (optional). Tell the children that they will make red roses, and that they will practice writing the letter R and saying the /r/ sound: robot, roll, robin.
Practice the skill within an activity
Make red roses
- Write the word rose on a whiteboard and explain that the letter R makes the /r/ sound.
- Give the children a green pipe cleaner and a strip of red tissue paper cut one to two inches wide, then help them make a rose:
- Roll the red tissue paper around the pipe cleaner.
- Let the tissue paper loosen slightly and slide it to the tip of the pipe cleaner.
- Pinch the bottom of the tissue while spreading the top into a rose shape.
- Tape the pinched section to the pipe cleaner.
- Give the children two leaf graphics (see below) and have them write the uppercase letter R on one and the lowercase letter r on the other.
- Attach the two leaves to each rose. Emphasize that the letter R makes the /r/ sound (as in red rose).
- Tie a red ribbon around the stem. (optional)
Sing the Ring Around the Roses song
- Show the children the Ring Around the Roses song (see below) and have them circle the words that begin with the letter R.
- Read the text to the song and have the children hold up their rose every time they hear a word that starts with the /r/ sound.
- Have the children stand in a circle and put their roses in the middle of the ring.
- Let the children join hands and skip in a circle around the roses while singing the song Ring Around the Roses (see text below), adapted from the song Ring Around the Rosies.
Apply the skill
Read words with the target letter
- Read Red Roses and Red Ribbon text together with the children.
- Have the children underline the letter R (and lowercase r) throughout the text, saying the /r/ sound each time they underline the letter r or R.
- Have the children write the letter R on a piece of paper.
- Read the text again and have the children hold up the letter R each time they hear a word that begins with the /r/ sound.
SEEL Target Texts
Ring Around the Roses
We smell them with our noses.
Red rose, petals—
We all fall down!
Red Roses and Red Ribbon
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter R (and lowercase r) with the /r/ sound: robot, rake, robe.
- Memory game cards (see below)
- Red ribbons (or make ribbons using red yarn or paper)
Activity: Race for Red Ribbons
- Set up the memory game cards (see below) face down and set out red ribbons.
- Take turns with your child choosing two cards to turn over in search of a match.
- If a player draws two matching cards, give him or her a red ribbon.
- If a player does not draw two matching cards, turn the cards face down and return them to their spots.
- Read the words on the game cards together.
- Have your child circle the letter R at the beginning of each word. Emphasize that the letter R makes the /r/ sound.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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.