Rabbit and Raccoon Rescue

Objective

  • Recognize and produce the /r/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /r/.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • run
  • rabbit
  • raccoon
  • rooster
  • rescue

Materials:

  • Rooster graphics on red paper (see below) 
  • Two tubs 
  • Rabbit and raccoon graphics (see below)
  • Red award ribbons (optional)
  • Book: Rusty Raccoon Meets Ricky Rabbit by Ann Monsen (optional) 

Overview
The children will pretend to be rabbits and raccoons that rescue red roosters as they listen for words that begin with the /r/ sound, such as room, rabbit, raccoon, rescue, and ribbon

Practice the skill within and activity
Race to rescue the red rooster 

  • Show your child the rooster, rabbit, and raccoon graphics and explain that all those words start with the /r/ sound.
  • Place the rooster graphics at one end of the room. Label one tub “Rabbits” and the other “Raccoons,” and place them at the opposite end of the room from the roosters.
  • Divide the children into two relay teams, the “Rabbits” and the “Raccoons,” and have them stand in line next to their tubs.
  • Have one member of each team run to rescue a rooster and bring it back to his or her team’s tub as team members cheer, “Rabbits!” or “Raccoons!” and “Rescue the red rooster!”
  • Repeat until all of the red roosters have been rescued. 
  • Count the red roosters in each team’s tub together, emphasizing the /r/ sounds as you say, “One red rooster, two red roosters . . .” 
  • Reward the Rabbits and the Raccoons with red ribbons for rescuing the red roosters (optional).

Apply the skill
Identify and read the target letter 

  • Help the children identify words from the activity that start with the /r/ sound (e.g., red, rooster, rescue, rabbits, raccoons)
  • Make a list on a whiteboard or chart paper of the words, read them aloud to the children, and emphasize the /r/ sound.
  • Reread the list aloud with the children, pointing to the initial R letter every time you say the /r/ sound.
  • Let the children take turns circling a letter R or r in the list with a red marker, and acknowledge their correct choices by saying, “You’re /r/ /r/ right!”

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Objective 
Recognize and produce the /r/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /r/

Materials 

  • Rooster, rabbit, and raccoon graphics (see below) 
  • Paper and pencil 

Activity: Rabbit and Raccoon Rescue 

  • Show your child the rooster, rabbit, and raccoon graphics and explain that all those words start with the /r/ sound.
  • Place the red rooster pictures at one end of an area big enough to run in, and place the rabbit and raccoon pictures at the opposite end of the area. 
  • One of you will be the rabbit and the other will be the raccoon.
  • Race to rescue one red rooster each, then race back to place the rescued roosters on your rabbit or raccoon pictures.
  • As each of you put your roosters down on your picture, say a word that begins with the /r/ sound, supporting as needed. 
  • When all the red roosters have been rescued, help your child count the red roosters rescued by the rabbit and raccoon by saying, "One red rooster, two red roosters . . ."

Rabbit and Raccoon

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Red Roosters

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