Dirty Dishes

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dish
  • dirty
  • draw
  • dots
  • drip
  • dry

Materials:

  • Styrofoam dishes
  • Spray water bottle
  • Small dish of dirt
  • Dish towel(s) 
  • Colored markers (washable)
  • Sticky notes

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will wash and dry a special dish as they recognize and name the uppercase letter D and the lowercase letter d.

Practice the skill within an activity

Dirty Dishes

  • 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.
  • Show the children a dish with an uppercase letter D or a lowercase letter d written on it and help the children identify the letter.
  • Demonstrate and then invite the children to help make the dish dirty by writing the letter D and the letter d all over it in multiple colors using washable markers.
  • Invite the children to spray water (droplets) on the dish to make it damp. Tip the dish and observe the letters D and d as the drops drip down the dish.
  • Dry the dish and watch the colorful letters disappear.
  • Invite all of the children to make the dish damp again then take turns sprinkling a little dirt on the dish to make it double dirty!
  • Spray water (droplets) to clean it. Then dry the dish with a towel.
  • Encourage the children to repeat the activity as many times as desired.

Apply the skill

Write the target letter

  • Hold up a dish with an uppercase letter D and a lowercase letterwritten on it, and ask the children to name the letter on the dish.
  • Ask the children to write an uppercase letter D and a lowercase letter d on the sticky note to stick to a dish you will display in the classroom as a reminder of the day you all made dirty dishes.
  • Have the children write a letter D on other sticky notes that they can stick on their shirts, jackets, and backpacks to remind them to share about Dirty Dish Day at school.

SEEL At Home

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Objective
Recognize and name the capital letter D and the lowercase letter d.

Materials

  • Styrofoam dish
  • Washable colored markers
  • Spray water bottle
  • Dish towel

Activity: Dirty Dishes

  • Before the activity, write the letters D and d on the styrofoam dish with permanent markers.
  • Show your child the letters on the plate and ask him or her to identify them.
  • Invite your child to help make the dish dirty by writing the letters D and the letter d all over it with the washable markers. 
  • When the dish is very dirty after writing all over it, spray water (droplets) to clean it. 
  • Dry the dish with a towel and check to be sure the letters have disappeared.
  • The activity can be repeated as desired.

Standards

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

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