rabbits and raccoons rescue roosters

Rabbits and Raccoons Rescue Roosters

Rabbits and Raccoons Rescue Roosters
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r with the /r/ sound as in rabbit, raccoon, and rooster.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Two butter tubs
  • Red bag or container
  • Letter cards
  • Rooster graphics printed on red paper
  • Rabbit and raccoon labels
  • Award ribbons
  • R and non-R picture cards 
  • Book: Rusty Raccoon Meets Ricky Rabbit by Ann Monsen (Airleaf Publishing, 2006) (optional)

The children will pretend to be rabbits and raccoons that 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.
  • Invite the children to search the room and find the letter R around the classroom.
  • Have the children 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" and so on.
  • Reward the rabbits and the raccoons with red ribbons for rescuing the red roosters.

More Practice 
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.
    • If the card begins with the letter R, have the child read the word.
    • If the card does not begin with the letter R, have the child put the card back in the red bag, shake the bag, and pass it along.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r 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 ribbon red.
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SEEL At Home



Associate the uppercase letter R and lowercase r with the /r/ sound as in red, rabbit, and rooster.


  • Red roosters, rabbit, and raccoon graphics

Activity: Rabbits and Raccoons to the Rescue

  • Place the red rooster pictures at one end of an area, and place the rabbit and raccoon pictures at the opposite end.
  • Have one person be the rabbit and the other person 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 (e.g., rabbit, raccoon, rooster, rescue, run, race).
  • Have your child underline the letter R at the beginning of each word while saying the /r/ sound.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.