R Rocks

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rocks
  • row
  • round
  • rainbow
  • river

Materials:

  • Rocks or rock graphics (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will find the letter R on rocks hidden around the room as they recognize and name the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r.

Practice the skill within an activity

Find the letter R on rocks

  • Write or paint the letter R on rocks or use the rock graphics (see below).
  • Hide the rocks around the room.
  • 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 gather the R rocks and place them in a ring.

Find the letter R in words

  • Lead the children in doing the following actions with the R rocks:
    • Line the rocks up in rows.
    • Make a round circle (ring) with the rocks.
    • Make a rainbow shape with the rocks.
    • Pretend to drop rocks into a river.
    • Make the shape of an R with the rocks.
  • Make a list of the words from the activity that start with r (i.e., rocks, rows, round, rainbow, river) and have the children circle the letter r in the words on the list.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter

  • Scatter the letter cards (see below) around the room.
  • Let the children gather the letter cards.
  • Help the children decide whether or not each letter is an R (or lowercase r).
    • If the letter is an R, have the children put it near the R rocks.
    • If the letter is not an R, have them place it in a discard pile.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r on sticky notes or small pieces of paper.
  • Allow the children to put their R papers on the R rocks.

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

Materials

  • Letter cards and rock graphics (see below)
  • Rocks and a marker

Activity: R Rocks

  • Before you begin the activity, find a few rocks or use the rock graphics (see below) then hide the rocks around the room.
  • Allow your child to gather the rocks then have him/her make the shape of an R using the rocks.
  • Help your child write the letter R on each rock using a marker. 
  • Mix up the letter cards then take turn choosing a card.
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter card has an R (or lowercase r).
    • If the letter is an R, have your child put it near the R rocks, but if the letter is not an R, place it in a discard pile.

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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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