U for the Umpire
Name and identify the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.
- Umpire graphic and U target (see below)
- Paper for writing the letter U and rolling into a ball
- Face graphic with the letter U to use as a mouth (see below)
- Paper and pencils for writing U and u letters
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will throw a ball with the letter U to an umpire as they practice identifying and writing the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.
Practice the skill within an activity
Throw U balls to an Umpire
- Have the children write the letter U several times on a piece of paper.
- Have the children roll the paper into a ball and tell them to pretend it is a baseball.
- Show the children a picture of an umpire and explain that an umpire is someone who makes sure baseball players play by the rules.
- Set up the U target with the umpire picture nearby.
- Tell the children they will try to hit the U at the center of the target with a paper ball.
- Let the children throw the ball (with the U and u attached) at the target.
- Pretend to be an umpire and make comments such as:
- The ball hit the U.
- The ball didn’t quite hit the U.
- That ball hit close to the U.
- The ball was far away from the U.
Turn a frown upside down
- Show the children the face graphic with a smile and point out that the boy’s smile looks like the letter U.
- Show the face graphic with a frown and point out that when the U is upside down it looks like a frown.
- Let the children draw happy faces on a piece of paper by drawing a circle for the face, circles for the eyes, a triangle for the nose, and the letter U for the mouth.
Apply the skill
Write the letter U
- Have the children write the letter U (and lowercase u) on and around the target.
- Repeat the umpire game, allowing the children to try to hit any of the U letters.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
U for the Umpire