Oh Ostrich


Recognize and name the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • oh
  • over
  • open
  • ostrich


  • O puzzle
  • Ostrich graphic
  • O Letter-finding page

Tell the children they will look for an ostrich as they recognize and name the letter O.

Literacy Activities
Oh, where is the ostrich?

  • Write the uppercase letter and lowercase letter on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the and in the air with their fingers.
  • Print a copy of the O puzzle (see below) and the ostrich graphic (see below), glue them back to back, then cut out the puzzle pieces and hide them around the room.
  • Tell the children that you have an ostrich friend who is hiding somewhere in the room, and invite the children to look for him.
  • As the children look for the puzzle pieces, ask questions like, "Is the ostrich over here?" "I don't think an ostrich could open that." "Oh, Ostrich, where are you?"
  • When the children find all the puzzles pieces, have them assemble the puzzle with the O side up, then tape the pieces together and have the children say the letter name as you point to each of the Os.
  • Have the children watch as you turn it over to show that the ostrich has been hiding with his head in the ground.
  • Write the words ostrich, over, open, and oh on a whiteboard and point out that they all begin with the letter O, then let the children find the letter O in the words and draw a circle around them.

More Practice
Make the letter O

  • Tell the children that they make the shape of the letter when they say the word, "Oh" and have them say the word "Oh" to a partner as they watch each other's mouths make an O
  • Invite the children to make the shape of the letter O by using different body parts (e.g., hands, arms).
  • Let the children stand up and make the O shape together by standing in a big circle. Make the O circle bigger and smaller by holding hands and spreading out or taking steps in toward the middle of the circle.

Find the letter O

  • Have the children look at the O letter-finding page, and find and circle the Os.
  • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an O, show the child a written O and let them compare the letters so they see the difference (support as needed).



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