Little Leaping Leprechauns


Recognize and name the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • little
  • leap
  • leprechaun
  • loop
  • link


  • Green and yellow construction paper (cut into strips)
  • Leprechaun graphics (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will make loops for Ls and leprechauns as they recognize and name the uppercase letter L and the lowercase letter l.

Practice the skill within an activity

Link the letter L

  • Write the uppercase letter L and the lowercase letter l on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the L and l in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children decorate the paper strips by writing the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l (provide support as needed) on the strips.
  • Help the children make long chains by looping the paper strips and linking them together using a stapler, tape, or glue. 

Loops for leprechauns

  • Mix up the letter cards (see below) and have the children choose a card one at a time.
  • Decide as a group whether or not each letter is an L (or an L).
    • If the letter is an L or an l, have one of the children attach it to one of the loops in the chain.
    • If the letter is not an L or an l, have the children place it in a discard pile.
  • Help the children attach leprechaun graphics to the loops in the chains as you say phrases such as "L on loops," and "Link leprechauns to L loops." and encourage the children to say the phrases with you.
  • Hang the chain of little leaping leprechauns and L loops around the room. 

Apply the skill 

Create the target letter

  • Have the children practice making an uppercase letter L and lowercase l in creative ways with their bodies, like using their arms, fingers, or having one person standing up and one person lying down by their feet, etc. 
  • Each time the class makes the letter L with a body part, have the class say together, "Look, it's L!"


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Recognize and name the uppercase letter L and lowercase letter l.


  • Letter cards
  • Leprechaun graphic (see below)

Activity: Little Leaping Leprechauns

  • Mix up the letter cards and help your child sort through the cards to find the Ls, placing the letter Ls by the leprechaun and setting aside the other cards.
  • Tell your child, "Today we get to pretend to be leprechauns! Leprechauns bring good luck by secretly doing nice things for people."
  • Leap like leprechauns together around your house and do small, secret good deeds (e.g., make someone's bed, pick up someone's toys, give someone a treat, or put someone's clothes away). 
  • After doing a good deed, say together, "The L leprechauns were here," and leave an L letter card near the place where you did the good deed.
  • Continue doing small, secret good deeds until you have no more L letter cards. 
  • Have your child decorate the leprechaun graphic by writing the uppercase letter L and lowercase



Letter Cards and Leprechaun


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