Roll R Ribbons

Roll R Ribbons
Target text


Recognize and name the letter R.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ribbon
  • roll
  • red


  • Letter cards
  • Rolls of ribbon—red if possible
  • Roll R Ribbons target text

The children will roll up ribbons as they recognize and name the letter R.

Literacy Activities
Roll R ribbons

  • Write the letter R on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the R in the air with their fingers.
  • Mix up the letter cards, then let the children choose a card one at a time.
  • Help the children decide whether or not the letter on the card is an R.
    • If the letter is an R, place it by the rolls of ribbon.
    • If the letter is not an R, 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.
  • Let the children tape or staple the R letter cards to the ribbon.
  • Demonstrate how to roll and unroll the R ribbons and let the children try doing it too.

Roll R papers

  • Have the children write the letter R multiple times down the middle of a piece of paper.
  • Tape or staple these pages together to make one long paper.
  • Allow the children to help you roll all the R pages together.
  • Let the children roll and unroll the R pages as they did with the R ribbons.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Read the Roll R Ribbons target text to the children.
  • Have the children circle each R in the text, supporting as needed.
  • Allow the children to roll the text as they did the R ribbons.

SEEL Target Texts

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Roll R Ribbons

Make R ribbons.
Roll the ribbons.
Roll R letters on ribbons.
Roll R letters on red ribbons.
Roll, roll, roll the red R ribbons!


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and name the letter R.


  • Letter cards
  • Roll of ribbon
  • Sheets of paper

Activity: Roll R Ribbons

  • Show your child the letter cards and have him or her name the letter. 
  • Help your child write multiple letter Rs in a vertical line down the middle of several sheets of paper.
  • Tape or staple the sheets of paper together into one long paper, then let your child roll up the papers.
  • Let your child roll and unroll the R papers, pointing to and saying the name of the letter.

letter cards


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