Nightingale's Nest

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter N and lowercase letter n.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • nest
  • nightingale
  • new
  • nap
  • nice

Materials:

  • Bowl
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Nightingale puppet graphic (see below)
  • Craft sticks or pencils

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will help build a nightingale nest out of the letter N as they recognize and name the uppercase letter N and the lowercase letter n.

Practice the skill within an activity

Build an N Nest

  • Write the uppercase letter N and the lowercase letter n on the whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the N and n in the air with their fingers.
  • Show the children the nightingale puppet and explain that a nightingale is a bird that loves to sing, and that they will use letter Ns to make a nest.
  • Mix up the letter cards (see below) and place the cards in a pile face down next to the nightingale and the nest (bowl).
  • Have the children take turns choosing and holding up a letter card, then have all the children say the name of the letter together.
    • If the letter is an N (or lowercase n), have the children tape it to the nightingale nest.
    • If the letter is not an N, have the children put the letter in a discard pile.
  • Place the nightingale graphic in the bowl and tell the children that the nightingale can take a nap in her nice, new N nest.

Apply the skill

Write the target letter

  • Show the children how to write an uppercase letter N (and lowercase n) by writing it on a whiteboard or on chart paper.
  • Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil, and have the children write the letter N (and lowercase n) on their paper (supporting as needed).
  • Have the children say, “Nap on N!” and pretend to take a nap on their letter N like the nightingale in the nest.

Printouts

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter N and the lowercase letter n.

Materials

  • Nightingale graphic (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Bowl

Activity: Nightingale's Nest

  • Have your child explain to you what a nightingale is (a bird that loves to sing), or look it up in a dictionary or on the Internet. 
  • Tell your child that you get to make an N nest together for the nightingale (see below).
  • Mix up the letter cards (see below) and place the cards in a pile face down.
  • Have your child choose a letter card and then say the name of the letter together.
    • If the letter is an N or n, have your child tape it to the nest (bowl).
    • If the letter is not an N or n, have your child place it in a discard pile.
  • Help your child write the letter N and n several times (support as needed) then cut out the letters.
  • Have your child tape the new N and n letter cards on the nest (bowl). 

Nightingale-and-Letters

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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