S Spider

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter s.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • spooky
  • spider
  • spin
  • silly

Materials:

  • Spider graphic
  • Letter cards
  • Spooky Spider song
  • Music for "Frere Jacques" (optional)
  • Book: Spooky Spider by Mark Shulman and Patti Jennings (Pinwheel Children’s Books, 2004) (optional).

Overview
The children will stick the letter S to a spider as they recognize and name the uppercase letter S and the lowercase letter s.

Literacy Activities
S spider

  • Write the uppercase letter S and the lowercase letter s on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the S and s in the air with their fingers.
  • Read the book Spooky Spider by Mark Shulman and Patti Jennings, emphasizing the letter S (optional).
  • Teach the children the Spooky Spider song to the tune of "Frere Jacques."
  • Show the children the spider graphic and point out the letter S on the graphic.
  • Allow the children to spin the spider graphic while singing the song and point out the spinning letter S.
  • Scatter the letter cards around the room, then have the children gather the cards while singing the Spooky Spider song.
  • Help the children decide whether or not the letter on each card is an uppercase letter S or a lowercase letter s.
    • If the letter is an S, have the children put it on the S Spider.
    • If the letter is not an S, have them place it in the discard pile.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an S or an s, have him or her look at the S and s on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked. 

More Practice
Identify the target letter in a text

  • Show the children the text of the song Spooky Spider.
  • Have the children circle the letter S every time it occurs in the text.
  • Read the text slowly, following along with your finger, and have the children write the letter S in the air each time they see the letter S in the text.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children draw a large spider on a piece of paper (i.e., draw a circle with four lines on each side for legs).
  • Help the children write the letter S on the spider.
  • Lead the children in singing the Spooky Spider song.
  • Allow the children to spin their spooky spider while singing the song.

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter s

Materials

  • Spider graphic
  • Letter cards

Activity: S Spider

  • Show your child the spider graphic and point out the letter S on the graphic.
  • Scatter the letter cards around the room, then have your child gather the cards.
  • Help your child decide whether or not the letter on each card is an uppercase S or a lowercase s.
    • If the letter is an S, have your child put it on the S Spider.
    • If the letter is not an S, place it in the discard pile.
  • Have your child draw a large spider on a piece of paper (i.e., draw a circle with four lines on each side for legs).
  • Help your child write the letter S in a variety of sizes and colors on the spider.

Letter Cards and Spider

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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