Rug Race

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rug
  • race
  • rest
  • red

Materials:

  • 2 rugs, carpet squares, or towels
  • 2 stuffed animals or toys
  • Masking tape
  • Race and Rest signs (see below)
  • Red R flags (see below)
  • Popsicle sticks or straws
  • Handwriting practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will ride on rugs and race as they recognize and name the uppercase letter R and the lowercase letter r.

Practice the skill within an activity

Rug race to R

  • Use masking tape to make a start and finish line at opposite ends of 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.
  • Have the children circle the letter R in the Race and Rest signs.
  • Place the Race sign and rugs at the start line.
  • Place the Rest sign and the red R flags at the finish line.
  • Divide the children into two teams and have each team stand in a single file line behind a rug.
  • Place a stuffed animal or toy on each rug then have the first child in each line gently drag the rug to the Rest line.
  • Invite the other children waiting in line to cheer for their team by chanting, “Race to R!”
  • When the children reach the Rest line, have them touch the R flag and say, “R!” then gently drag the rug back to the starting line.
  • Repeat until all of the children have pulled a toy on the rug to the Rest line.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter

  • Make a list on the board of the R words used throughout the activity (i.e., rug, race, rest, red).
  • Allow the children to circle the letter r in each word.

Write the target letter

  • Give the children the handwriting practice page (see below).
  • Let the children trace the letters then write the letter R (and lowercase r) on their own using the lines as a guide.

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

Materials

  • Rug (or a carpet square or towel)
  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Letter cards (see below)

Activity: Rug Race

  • Help your child write the uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r on a piece of paper and have him/her name the letter.
  • Place a rug (or a pretend rug) at one end of the room and the R paper your child made at the other end of the room.
  • Set a stuffed animal or toy on the rug with the letter cards (see below) then have your child gently drag the rug to the other side of the room.
  • When your child reaches the R paper, have your child to place the letter cards on the sign and say, "R!"
  • Have your child sit on the rug and gently pull him/her back to the other side of the room.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

R-r-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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