Recognize and name the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o.
- O puzzle (see below)
- Ostrich graphic (see below)
- O Letter-finding page (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will look for an ostrich as they recognize and name the letter O.
Practice the skill within an activity
Oh, where is the ostrich?
- Write the uppercase letter O and lowercase letter o on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the O and o 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.
Apply the skill
Make the letter O
- Tell the children that they make the shape of the letter O 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).
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.