search for s

Search for S

Search for S
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sun
  • search
  • space
  • Saturn
  • stars


  • Sun made out of yellow paper or sun picture
  • Paper planets—including Saturn
  • Stars
  • Letter cards
  • Search for S page
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

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

Literacy Activities
Search space for the letter S

  • Make a large sun out of yellow paper or use the sun picture, four different-sized planets out of colored paper (including Saturn), and six stars.
  • Write the letter S on the sun, Saturn, and the stars, and the first letter of different planet names on the other planets (e.g., 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 say the letter name as they write the letter S and 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, which they will next to the sun graphic.
  • Show the children the sun, planets, and stars, and have the children take turns naming the letters 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 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 they reach each item and have the children identify the letter.
    • If the letter is an S or an s, have a few children take the item and the S letter cards and put them next to the sun graphic.
    • 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.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Give the children the Search for S page and have them find and circle the letter S on the page.
  • Have the children 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.
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Sun graphic
  • Letter cards
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

Activity: Search in Space for S

  • Write the letter S on the sun graphic and have your child name the letter.
  • Scatter the letter cards 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 or 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 the discard pile.
  • Help your child write the letter S on sticky notes or small pieces of paper, then have him or her put the S papers on the S sun.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.