Swim or Sink

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sink
  • swim
  • stone
  • sponge
  • sock

Materials:

  • Objects that begin with the letter S (e.g., stone, sponge, sock, sack of sand, soap, soda)
  • Large letter cards
  • Small letter cards
  • Tub or containers filled with water
  • S handwriting practice page

Overview

The children will search for objects that start with the letter S and find out if the objects sink or swim as they practice identifying and writing the uppercase letter S and the lowercase letter s.

Literacy Activities
Sink or Swim

  • Attach the large letter cards to the S objects, then hide the objects throughout the room.
  • Write the uppercase letter S and the lowercase letter s on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the S and s in the air with their fingers.
  • Tell the children that they will search the room to find objects with the letter S on them.
  • Have the children search for and gather all of the S objects.
  • Allow the children to place the S objects one at a time into a tub or container filled with water and have the children decide if each object can sink or swim (float).
  • Make a list of the S objects from the activity (e.g., stone, sponge, sock, sack of sand, soap, and soda) and have the children circle the letter S in each word.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Put the small letter cards in a sack.
  • Have the children choose one letter card at a time.
  • Help the children decide whether or not the letter on each card is an uppercase S or a lowercase s.
    • If the letter is S, have the children keep it.
    • If the letter is not S, 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. 

Write the target letter

  • Have the children practice writing the letter S with their fingers in the air, on their hands, on the floor, etc.
  • Give the children the S handwriting practice page and have them name the letter.
  • Allow the children to trace the letter S with a crayon or pencil.

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

Materials

  • S letter card
  • Objects that begin with the letter S (e.g., stone, sand in a bag, sock, sponge, soap, soda)
  • Tub or container filled with water

Activity: Sink or Swim

  • Show your child the S letter card.
  • Help your child write the letter S on each object using a marker, or have him or her write the letter on a piece of tape and attach the tape to the object. 
  • Allow your child to place the S objects one at a time into the sink or container of water 
  • Have your child decide whether each object sinks or swims (floats).
  • Make a list of the S objects from the activity and have your child circle the letter s in each word.
  • The activity can be repeated as many times as desired.

S-Letter-Card

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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