u for the umpire

U for the Umpire

U for the Umpire
Target text


Recognize and name the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • up
  • under
  • umpire
  • upset
  • unhappy


  • Umpire graphic
  • U target graphic
  • Face graphic with the letter U to use as a mouth

The children will throw a paper ball with the letter U to an umpire as they recognize and name the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.

Literacy Activities
Throw U balls to an Umpire

  • Write the uppercase letter U and the lowercase letter u on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the U and u in the air with their fingers. 
  • 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 the umpire graphic and explain that an umpire is someone who makes sure baseball players play by the rules.
  • Set up the U target with the umpire graphic nearby.
  • Tell the children they will try to hit the U at the center of the target with their paper ball.
  • Let the children throw their U-paper ball at the target.
  • Pretend to be the 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.

More Practice
Write the letter U

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