a for the acrobat


Recognize and name the uppercase letter A and lowercase letter a.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • admire
  • acrobat
  • apple
  • alphabet


State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will turn a letter A into an acrobat as they recognize and name the uppercase and the lowercase a.

Practice the skill within an activity

Give an A ticket to see acrobats.

  • Write the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the A and a in the air with their fingers. 
  • Explain to the children that acrobat starts with the letter A and an acrobat is someone who does physical acts like tumbling or tightrope walking, etc..
  • Scatter the letter cards (see below) around the room.
  • Tell the children that in order to get into an acrobat show they will have to find a letter A card to use as their ticket.
  • Have the children search the room for letter A tickets.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter A (or lowercase letter a) then refer the child to the letter A or a on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?”
  • Let the children place their A tickets on a picture of an acrobat (see below) to get into the show.
  • Show the children a video of acrobats performing (optional).
  • Have the children admire the acrobats as they watch the show.
  • Write the words admire and acrobat on the board and have the children find the letter A in the words (explain that admire means to feel happy as you look at someone or something).

Turn an A into an acrobat.

  • Give the children an A letter card.
  • Have some of the children pretend that their A letter card is an acrobat by making it do flips and tricks while the rest of the children watch.
  • Remind the other children who are watching that they need to act like a good audience and admire the acrobat performing.
  • Allow the children to reverse roles.

Apply the skill

Write the letter A

  • Give the children the letter writing practice page (see below).
  • Let the children trace the As, then have them write As on their own using the lines as a guide.
  • Let the children admire their As when they finish writing.



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.