Help a Hungry Hippo

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter H and lowercase letter h.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hippo
  • hungry
  • help

Materials:

  • Hippo picture (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Hippo puppet instructions and graphics (see below)
  • Paper lunch sack
  • Ziploc bag

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will help a hungry hippo as they recognize and name the uppercase letter H and the lowercase letter h.

Practice the skill within an activity

Feed the hungry hippo 

  • Use the hippo puppet instructions and graphics (see below), a paper lunch bag and a Ziploc baggie to create a hippo puppet.
  • Write the uppercase letter H and the lowercase letter h on a whiteboard, name the letters and have the children write the H and h in the air with their fingers. 
  • Display the hippo puppet and explain to the children that they will help feed a hungry hippo, but the hippo will only eat the letter H.
  • Mix up the letter cards and have the children take turns choosing a card.
  • Decide as a group whether or not the letter on the card is an H (or an h).
    • If the letter is an H or an h, have the children feed the card to the hippo.
    • If the letter is not an H or an h, have the children set the letter card aside.
  • Continue until all of the letter cards have been chosen.

Apply the skill

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the letter H and h several times on paper.
  • Let the children cut out the letters and feed them to the hungry hippo puppet.

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter H and lowercase letter h.

Materials

  • Letter cards and hippo graphic (see below)
  • Pencil

Activity: Hungry Hippo  

  • Explain to your child that he or she gets to help feed a hungry hippo that only likes to eat the letter H and h.
  • Mix up the letter cards and have your child choose a card. 
  • Decide together whether or not the letter on the card is an H (or lowercase h). 
    • If the letter is an H have your child pretend to feed the card to the hippo puppet.
    • If the letter is not an H, set the letter card aside.
  • Continue until all of the letter cards have been chosen.
  • Help your child write the letter H and h several times on the hippo (provide support as needed).

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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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