Search for S

Objective

Name and identify the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter s.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sun
  • search
  • space
  • Saturn
  • stars

Materials:

  • Large sun made out of yellow paper or a sun picture (see graphic below)
  • Paper planets (including Saturn)
  • Stars (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Search for S page (see below)
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will pretend to search space as they recognize and name the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter s.

Practice the skill within an activity

Search space for the letter S

  • Make a large sun out of yellow paper or use the sun picture (see below), 4 different-sized planets out of colored paper (including Saturn), and 6 stars.
  • Write the letter S on the sun, Saturn, and the stars, and the first letter of different planet names on the other planets (i.e., V for Venus, M for Mars)
  • Write the uppercase letter S and the lowercase letter s on a whiteboard, name the letters, pointing out that the upper and lowercase letter S look the same, and have the children write the letter S in the air with their fingers.
  • Write the word sun on the board, circling the letter S and telling the children that they will pretend to search in space for the letter S to put next to the sun.
  • Show the children the sun, planets, and stars and have the children take turns naming the letter on each one; have the children spin when they see a letter S and stand still if they don't.
  • Place the sun, planets, and stars around the room with related letter cards (see below) around them (i.e., S cards near stars, M card near Mars).
  • Have the children pretend they are walking in space (big slow motion steps), stopping as you reach each item, and having the children identify the letter.
    • If the letter is an S, have a few children take the item and the S letter cards and put them next to the sun.
    • If the children determine the letter is not an S, have them move on to the next space item.
  • When the children have collected all of the items and letter cards, return back to the sun and have them check to be sure everything has an S on it.

Apply the skill

Identify the target letter

  • Give the children the Search for S page (see below) and have the children find and circle the letter S on the page.
  • Allow the children to make their hands into tube shapes and use them as binoculars to search for the letter S (optional).

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter S on sticky notes or small pieces of paper.
  • Allow the children to put their S papers on the S sun.

Printouts

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

Materials

  • Sun graphic
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

Activity: Search in Space for S

  • Write the letter S on the sun graphic (see below) and have your child name the letter.
  • Scatter the letter cards (see below) around the room then have your child search for and gather all of the cards.
  • Help your child decide whether or not the letter on each card is an S.
    • If the letter is an S, have your child put it on the S sun. If the letter is not an S, place it in a discard pile.
  • Help your child write the letter S on sticky notes or small pieces of paper then have him/her put the S papers on the S sun.

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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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