Rub a Rough R

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rub
  • rough
  • red

Materials:

  • Rough sandpaper or corrugated cardboard
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Red crayons
  • R coloring page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will rub a rough letter R as they recognize and name the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r.

Practice the skill within an activity

Rub a rough R

  • Cut sandpaper or corrugated cardboard into several pieces.
  • Scatter the letter cards (see below) around the room.
  • Let the children gather the letter cards and help them 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 sandpaper (or cardboard) pieces.
    • If the letter is not an R, have them place it in a discard pile.
  • Allow the children to glue or tape the R (and lowercase r) letter cards to the sandpaper or cardboard.
  • Let the children rub the letter cards with their fingers and comment that the R is rough.

Color a rough R

  • Give the children an R coloring page (see below) and have the children trace the R.
  • Help the children place the coloring page on sandpaper (or corrugated cardboard) and rub the R with a red crayon.
  • Comment that the rough pattern shows up on the R when the children rub the paper with the crayon.
  • Have the children find the letter r in the word red on the crayon wrapper.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter.

  • Have the children show you their red R pages.
  • Write a capital letter R on a blank spot on each child's papers. Have the children trace that capital letter R with their red crayons.

Printouts

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

Materials

  • Sandpaper or corrugated cardboard
  • Tape or glue
  • Red crayon
  • Letter cards (see below)

Activity: Rub Rough R

  • Mix up the letter cards (see below) then allow your child to choose one at a time. 
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter is an R (or lowercase r).
    • If the letter is an R, have your child put it near the sandpaper (or cardboard), but If the letter is not an R, then place it in a discard pile.
  • Help your child place the R (and lowercase r) letter cards on the sandpaper (or cardboard),.then tape or glue them in place.
  • Let your child rub the letter cards with their fingers and comment that the R is rough.
  • Allow your child to color the letter cards with a red crayon.
  • Point out that the rough pattern from the sandpaper shows up on the R.  
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Letter Cards

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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