Icky I


Recognize and name the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i.


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • insect
  • inchworm
  • icky
  • inside


  • Insect graphics (see below)
  • Jar or container for the insects
  • Inchworm graphics (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will play a game with some icky insects as they recognize and name the uppercase letter I and the lowercase letter i.

Practice the skill within an activity

Find the icky letter i

  • Place the insect graphics (see below) around the room with a letter card hidden under each insect.
  • Write the uppercase I and lowercase i on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the I and i in the air with their fingers.
  • Tell the children that the icky (explain that icky means yucky) insects are hiding letters and have them look for the insects and Is.
  • Support the children in naming the hidden letter under each insect.
    • If the letter is an I or i, have the children put the letter and the insect inside a jar or container.
    • If the letter is not an I or i, have the children set the letter and the insect in a discard pile.
  • Pretend to inspect the icky insects inside the jar or container.

Write I on the inchworm

  • Give each of the children a picture of an inchworm (see below).
  • Have the children write the letter I or i on the inchworm to make more icky letters.
  • Let the children put the inchworms in the container with the insects.
  • Have the children say “Icky I” each time they put an inchworm in the container.

Apply the skill

Play hide and seek with uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Provide uppercase I and lowercase letter i cards (see graphics below).
  • Have the children count the cards to determine how many uppercase/lowercase letters they will need to find.
  • Choose two children to hide the cards in a designated area.
  • Set a timer and send two small groups with an assignment to find the uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
  • As a group, have children identify the letters they have found.
  • Play another round if time permits.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Have the children write the letters I and i on small pieces of paper.
  • Let the children hide the letters under insects placed around the room.
  • Repeat the icky insects game, having the children name the hidden letters.


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Recognize and name the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i.


  • Insect graphics (see below) with the letter I or i on the back
  • Jar or container for insects

Activity: Icky I

  • Cut out the insect graphics (see below) on the dotted lines and fold along the undotted line so that each insect has a letter hidden underneath.
  • Place the insect graphics around the room.
  • Let your child search the room for the insects and name the letter hiding under each insect.
  • Point out that each icky insect is hiding the letter I.
  • Have your child put the insects in a jar or container, saying "Icky I" as he or she puts each insect in.
  • Help your child write the letters I and i on small pieces of paper and repeat the game with the new letter cards hidden under the insects.



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