Dip and Dunk That D


Recognize and name the uppercase letter D and lowercase letter d.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • deal
  • dig
  • deep
  • dirt
  • down
  • drop


  • Laminated letter cards (see below), or waterproof materials (e.g., Styrofoam) for writing on
  • Dirt in small dish
  • Water in small dish
  • Tray or cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Small pieces of paper
  • Plastic sealable baggies
  • D letter-find page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will get D letter cards dirty as they recognize and name the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d.

Practice the skill within an activity

Dig in the dirt with the letter D

  • Laminate the paper letter cards (see below) or write D and d on waterproof materials such as Styrofoam.
  • Write the uppercase letter and lowercase letter d on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the D and d in the air with their fingers.
  • Deal out the D letter cards or arrange for someone to deliver the Ds to every child.
  • Bring out the dish of dirt and the dish of water on a tray or cookie sheet.
  • Say, “D loves to dive and dig in dirt” (drop the D in the dish of dirt).
  • Say, “D was digging deep in the dirt and got very dirty” (demonstrate digging down).
  • Let the children drop dirt on the D.
  • Show the children how to dip and dunk the D in the water to clean it.
  • Let the D drip and then dab (gently tap) and dry the with a paper towel.

Apply the skill

Write the target letter

  • Have the children create their own letter cards by writing the letter D and d (provide support as needed) on small pieces of paper.
  • Put the letter cards in plastic sealable baggies to make them waterproof.
  • Have the children dip the letters in dirt, dunk them in water to clean them, and dab to dry them.

Find the target letter mixed in with other letters (see below)

  • Display the page of mixed up letters and have the children find the letter D and d.
  • Have the children color the letters D and d to get them dirty.
  • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter D or d then refer the child to a teacher model of the letter and ask, “Does the letter you found look like my letter?”


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and name the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d


  • Paper D and d (see below)
  • Plastic sealable baggie
  • Small dish of dirt
  • Small dish of water
  • Small pieces of paper

Activity: Dirty Dishes

  • Tell a story together about an uppercase letter D who liked to dig in dirt, by saying:

    • We got a D delivered to our doorstep.
    • The D dropped off the step into the dirt.
    • D was digging deep in the dirt. Dig, dig, dig with D in dirt. D is dirty!
    • We can dip or dunk D in a dish of water to clean it.
    • Then we can let D drip and get dry.
  • Have your child write the letter D and d on small pieces of paper.
  • Put the letters in a plastic sealable baggie then dip the D letters in dirt and dunk them in water.
  • Repeat the activity using a lowercase d.
  • Invite your child to trace the D and d with mud or water on his or her finger while the letter is in the ziploc bag. D-and-d


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