Recognize and name the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o.
- Letter cards (see below)
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Octopus picture (see below)
- Frying pan
- O letter-finding page (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will make an omelet for an octopus as they recognize and name the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o.
Practice the skill within an activity
Make an O omelet
- Place letter cards (see below) inside plastic Easter eggs.
- Write the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o on a whiteboard (pointing out that size is the only difference between the two), name the letters, and have the children write the letter O and o in the air with their fingers.
- Show the children the octopus picture (see below) and tell them that Oliver Octopus wants to make an odd omelet (explain that odd means strange) with Os not eggs.
- Demonstrate cracking open one of the plastic eggs, pointing out that instead of egg yolks, the eggs have letters inside them.
- Have the children take turns pretending to crack open the plastic eggs, and decide together whether the letter is an O or o, or not.
- If the letter in the egg is an O or o, have the child drop the letter into the frying pan.
- If the letter is not an O or o, have the child drop the letter into a discard pile.
- Have the children take turns stirring the omelet, making a large O shape as they stir.
- Let the children pretend to serve the omelet to Oliver Octopus, saying, "Here is some O omelet for Oliver Octopus!".
Apply the skill
Find the target letter mixed in with other letters (see below)
- Tell the children that Oliver Octopus wants them to find more O letters.
- Display the page of mixed up letters and have the children find and circle the letter O.
- If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter O then refer the child to the letter O on the whiteboard and ask, “Does this letter look like the letter on the board?”
Write the letter O
- Have the children write the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o on small pieces of paper to add to the odd omelet, pointing out that size is the only difference between the two forms of the letter.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.