Achoo Andy

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Andy
  • achoo
  • at
  • allergy

Materials:

  • Achoo Andy puppet graphics (see below) 
  • Brown paper lunch bag 
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Small slips of paper 
  • Letter-finding page (see below) 
  • Letter-writing practice page (see below) 

Overview 
The children will play games with Achoo Andy as they recognize and name the uppercase letter A and the lowercase letter a

Practice the skill within an activity 
Watch Achoo Andy sneeze at the letter A or

  • 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. 
  • Introduce the Achoo Andy puppet (see below) by writing his name on the board and pointing out the letter A in his name. 
  • Tell the children that Andy’s friends call him Achoo Andy because he sneezes, “Achoo!” every time he sees the letter A
  • Place the uppercase A and lowercase a letter cards and distractor letter cards (see below) around the room. 
  • Let the children take turns holding the Achoo Andy puppet and making him sneeze every time he sees a letter A
  • When a child finds an A letter card, have him or her say “Achoo! I found an A!” 
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter A, refer the child to the letters A and a on the whiteboard and ask, “Does your letter look like the letter on the board?” 

Stack and play with A and

  • Have the children write an uppercase and lowercase letter A on small slips of paper and stack them in front of you. 
  • Let a child hold Achoo Andy and pretend to sneeze, “Achoo!” as he or she blows the letters around. 
  • Have the children stack the letters again. making two stacks, one for the uppercase letter A and one for the lowercase letter a
  • Let the children take turns holding Achoo Andy and sneezing at the stacks of letters. 

Apply the skill 
Find the target letters

  • Display the page of mixed-up letters and have the children find and circle each A
  • Have the children pretend to be Achoo Andy and say, “Achoo! I found an A!” 
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter A, refer the child to the letters A and a on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?” 

Write the letter A

  • Give each child a letter-writing practice page (see below).
  • Let the children trace the A and a letters on the practice page, then have them write the letters on their own using the lines as a guide.
  • Let the children pretend to be Achoo Andy and sneeze at their As when they finish writing (optional).

Printouts

Standards

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

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