Recognize and name the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i.
- Magnifying glass graphic
- Letter cards
- Inspect I letter-finding page
- I handwriting practice page
- I color page
The children will make and inspect the incredible letter I as they recognize and name the uppercase letter I and the lowercase letter i.
- Write the uppercase letter I and the lowercase letter i on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the I and i in the air with their fingers.
- Give the children an I coloring page and markers or crayons and invite them to decorate the I to make it incredible. Explain that incredible means amazing or wonderful.
- Make comments such as the following throughout the activity to emphasize words that start with the letter I:
- Imagine making an incredible I.
- It is not impossible to make an incredible I.
- Have the children lay their incredible I pages on their desks, then invite them to walk around inspecting each other's incredible artwork. Explain that inspecting means looking at.
Inspect the I
- Place letter cards around the room.
- Tell the children to use a magnifying glass to inspect each letter card to decide if it is the letter I, or i, or neither.
- When a child finds an uppercase letter I or a lowercase letter i, have the child say “I found an I!”
- If a child finds a distractor letter card, have him or her put it in a discard pile.
- If a child mistakenly identifies a letter card that is not a letter I, then have him or her look at the letter I or i on the whiteboard and compare it to the letter they found to see if it is the same.
Find the target letter mixed in with other letters
- Display the page of mixed up letters and have the children inspect the page to find and circle each I and i.
- When the children find an uppercase letter I or a lowercase letter i, have them say, “I found an I!”
- If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter I, then refer the child to the letter I and i on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?”
- Once the children have found all of the Is, have them make the Is incredible by coloring them.
- Give the children the handwriting practice page and let them trace the I and i letters. Then have the children write the letters on their own using the lines as a guide.
- Let the children color their I and i letters to make them incredible when they finish writing (optional).
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.