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


  • Letter cards as tickets (see below)
  • Acrobat graphics (see below)
  • Video of acrobats performing (link in lesson)
  • Letter writing practice page (see below)

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 A 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 a, then refer the child to the letter A or a on the whiteboard and ask, “Does your 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. 
  • Tell the children that you hope they admire the acrobats and explain that when you admire someone or something, you think they are great and cheer for them.
  • Show the children a video of acrobats performing and have the children admire (cheer for) 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.

Turn an A into an acrobat. 

  • Give the children an A letter card. 
  • Ask a few of the children to 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 (cheer for) the acrobat that is performing. 
  • Allow the children to reverse roles as many times as desired.

Apply the skill 
Write the letter

  • 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 each other's A practice page when they finish writing. 



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