Rub a Rough R

Objective

Recognize and name the letter R.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rub
  • rough
  • red

Materials:

  • Rough sandpaper or corrugated cardboard
  • Letter cards
  • Red crayons
  • R coloring page—one for each child

Overview

The children will rub a rough letter R as they recognize and name the letter R.

Literacy Activities
Rub a rough R

  • Cut sandpaper or corrugated cardboard into several pieces and scatter the letter cards around the room.
  • Write the letter on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children say the letter name as they write the R in the air with their fingers.
  • Let the children gather the letter cards and help them decide whether or not each letter is an 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.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an R, have him or her look at the R on the whiteboard and compare it to the letter he or she picked. 
  • Allow the children to glue or tape the 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 and have the children trace the R.
  • Help the children place the coloring page on sandpaper (or 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.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

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

Printouts

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Objective
Recognize and name the letter R.

Materials

  • Sandpaper or corrugated cardboard
  • Tape or glue
  • Red crayon
  • Letter cards

Activity: Rub Rough R

  • Mix up the letter cards, then allow your child to choose one at a time. 
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter is an R.
    • If the letter is an R, have your child put it near the sandpaper (or cardboard).
    • If the letter is not an R, then place it in a discard pile.
  • Help your child place the 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 lowercase letters in the alphabet.

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