please pass the ps

Please Pass the Ps

Please Pass the Ps
Target text


Recognize and name the uppercase letter P and the lowercase letter p.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • please
  • pass
  • pat
  • play
  • pick
  • Peter


  • Letter graphic, two copies—at least one on stiff paper
  • Drum or empty container with a lid
  • letter-finding page


The children will play a game called “Please Pass the Ps!” as they recognize and name the uppercase letter P and the lowercase letter p.

Literacy Activities
Please Pass the P

  • Attach the letter graphic  to a drum or to a container with a lid.
  • Write the uppercase letter P and lowercase letter p on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the P and p in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children sit in a circle and give the stiffer letter graphic to one of the children and explain that they will be playing "Please Pass the Ps," as in the letter P.
  • Drum a basic rhythm on the drum as the children begin passing the letter graphic around the circle and have them chant, “Please pass the Ps” with the rhythm of the drum.
  • When the drum stops, let the child holding the letter graphic become the new drummer.
  • Show the children the letter graphic on the top of the drum and the way you pat the Ps to make the drum beat.
  • Alternate chanting “Please pass the Ps” and “Pat, pat, pat the Ps” during each round of playing.
  • Repeat the activity until all of the children have had a turn as the drummer.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Give each child a P letter-finding page.
  • Tell the children that Peter needs help finding his Ps because they got mixed in with the other letters.
  • Have the children find and circle each of the ten letter Ps surrounding Peter.

Write the target letter

  • Show the children how to write the uppercase letter P and the lowercase letter p.
  • Give each child a piece of paper and pencil and have the children write the letters P and on the paper (support as needed).
  • Have the children put all of their letters in one pile when they are finished, pat the pile gently, and say, "Pat the pile of Ps!" as they return to their place.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and name the uppercase letter P and the lowercase letter p.


  • Small pieces of paper or letters graphic
  • Drum or any empty container with a lid 

Activity: Please Pass the Ps

  • Ask your child if he or she remembers what the uppercase and lowercase letter Ps look like and show your child the letters graphic.
  • Help your child write a letter P or p on several small pieces of paper, or use the letter graphic.
  • If other members of your family are available, invite them to play the game, "Please Pass the Ps," and explain that you will be passing uppercase and lowercase letter Ps.
  • Sit in a circle with your child holding a stack of the letters he or she wrote (or the letters graphic).
  • As the designated drummer begins drumming a steady rhythm, pass the stack of Ps around the circle and chant, "Please pass the Ps" to the rhythm of the drum.
  • When the drum stops, the person holding the Ps gets to be the next drummer.
  • As you play, make up other chants about actions you could do with the P as the drummer drums a steady rhythm (e.g.; Pat, pat the Ps; Pick up the Ps; Pinch the Ps).


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.