R Race

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r.

Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • road
  • run
  • race
  • ready

Materials:

  • Masking tape to make a road
  • Large letter cards (see below) 
  • Small letter cards (see below)
  • Ready to Run target text (see below)
  • Road graphic (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will race along a road as they recognize and name the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r.

Practice the skill within an activity

R Race

  • Set up a road using masking tape placed on the floor in lines.
  • Place the small letter cards (see below) in a path along the road and place the large letter cards (see below) at the end of the road.
  • Write the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the R and r in the air with their fingers.
  • Allow the children to race along the road and pick up the letter cards.
  • Encourage the children to name the letter each time they pick up a letter card.
  • Have the children place the small letter cards next to the large letter cards at the end of the R road.

Race in reverse

  • Have the children either run in reverse (backwards) or run the race in reverse by going back along the road, replacing and naming the letter cards as they go.

R Relay

  • Divide the children into two groups and have each group line up at an end of the road, then give one of the children in the front of the line an R or r card.
  • Have that first child race to the end of the road and give the first child in that line the letter card to run back to the other line, and so on.
  • Encourage the children to cheer each other on by chanting, "R-R-Run!" and cheering, "R-R-Rah!" when the last person reaches the opposite side.
  • This could also be done with two teams split to run on two "roads" as a relay race.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter in a text

  • Read the Ready to Run target text to the children.
  • Have the children circle the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r every time it occurs in the text.
  • Read the text again and have the children raise their hands in the air every time they see a letter R or r in the text (support as needed).

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r on the road graphic (see below).

SEEL Target Texts

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Ready to Run

Ready? 
Ready to run? 
Ready to run rapidly? 
Ready to run rapidly in a race?
Run! Run! Run!

Printouts

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r.

Materials

  • Masking tape placed on the floor in lines to represent a road
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Road graphic (see below)

Activity: R Race

  • Set up a road using masking tape placed on the floor in lines.
  • Cut out the letter cards (see below) and place them along the pretend road. 
  • Let your child race along the road and pick up each letter card, saying R each time he/she picks up a letter card. 
  • Help your child write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r on the road graphic (see below).
  • Place letter cards at one end of the room and have fun racing each other to pick up a letter and say R.
  • In nice weather, draw the "road" on the sidewalk with chalk, and let your child practice writing the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r on the "road" with chalk as well.

Road-and-Letters

Standards

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

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