green means go

Green Means Go

Green Means Go
Target text


Recognize and name the letter G.


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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • go
  • get
  • green
  • gallop
  • garbage


  • Garbage bag with a G on it
  • Green G*
  • Large letter cards*
  • Small letter cards*
  • G color page*
  • identification page*
  • G writing practice*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will play a game like "Red Light, Green Light" as they recognize and name the letter G.
Literacy Activities
G Means Go

  • Write the letter G on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children line up side-by-side facing the same direction.
  • Review and identify the large letter cards with the children.
  • Explain the following to the children before playing the means Go game:
    • If you see a plain letter G: take one step forward and say, “G means go!”
    • If you see a green letter G: say, “Green G!” and gallop as quickly as you can.
    • If you see a letter that is NOT a G: stay in place and say, “That is not a G.
  • Hold up one large letter card (found below) at a time and let the children do the appropriate action until they reach you.

Go Get Gs

  • Place the small letter cards (found below) around the room, and hold a garbage bag with a letter G on it.
  • Have the children go get the Gs when you say, “Go!”
  • When the children find a G letter card have them say, “I found a G! I’ll put my G in the garbage bag.”
  • Make sure that the children don't put any of the distractor letters in the G garbage bag, supporting as needed.

Find the target letter mixed in with other letters

  • 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 Gs.
  • Have the children say, “I found a G!” every time they circle a letter G.

Write Gs

  • Give the children the writing practice page.
  • Let the children trace the Gs and 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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.