Green Means Go


Recognize and name the uppercase letter G and lowercase g.


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • green
  • go
  • get
  • great
  • gallop
  • garbage


  • Big letter cards (see below)
  • Green G (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Garbage bag with a G on it
  • G color page (see below)
  • Explore for G letter page (see below)
  • G writing practice (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they are going to play a game like Red Light, Green Light as they recognize and name the uppercase letter G and the lowercase letter g.

Practice the skill within an activity

G Means Go.

  • Write the uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the G and g in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children line up side-by-side facing the same direction.
  • Have the children wait for the teacher to hold up a letter from the opposite side of the room.
  • Tell the children to take one step forward and say, “G means go!” if they see the letter G or stay in place and say, “That is not a G” if the letter card shows some other letter.
  • Tell the children that if they see a green G, then they should say, “Green G!” and gallop as quickly as they can.

Go Get Gs.

  • Place G and g letter cards and distractor letters around the room, and spread out a garbage bag and tape a letter G on it.
  • Have the children go get the Gs when the teacher says, “Go!”
  • When the children find a G or g letter card have them say, “I found a G! I’ll put my G in the garbage bag.”
  • Make sure that the child doesn't put any of the distractor letters in the G garbage bag.
    • If a child mistakenly places a distractor letter in the G garbage bag, help the child compare their letter with the G or g on the whiteboard.

Apply the skill

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

  • Tell the children they will find more Gs on a paper.
  • Display the page of mixed up letters and have the children find and circle the uppercase Gs and lowercase gs.
  • Have the children say, “I found a G!” every time they circle a uppercase or lowercase letter G.

Write Gs.

  • Give the children the writing practice page (see below).
  • Let the children trace the Gs then write the Gs on their own using the lines as a guide.
  • Let the children color their Gs green (optional).



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