U for the Umpire

Objective

Name and identify the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • up
  • under
  • umpire
  • upset
  • unhappy

Materials:

  • 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.

Printouts

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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