- Letter cards
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Octopus picture
- Frying pan
- O letter-finding page
The children will make an omelet for an octopus as they recognize and name the uppercase letter O and the lowercase letter o.
Make an O omelet
- Place letter cards inside the 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 and tell them that Oliver Octopus wants to make an odd omelet with Os not eggs. Explain that odd means strange.
- 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, have the child drop it into the frying pan.
- If the letter is not an O, have the child drop it into a discard pile.
- If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an O or an o, have him or her look at the O and o on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked.
- 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 an O omelet for Oliver Octopus!"
Find the target letter mixed in with other letters
- 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 lowercase letters in the alphabet.