u goes up

U Goes Up
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • up
  • under
  • uppercase


  • Paper—one sheet for each child
  • Paper airplane instructions
  • Small pieces of paper or sticky notes
  • Letter cards

The children will make airplanes with the letter U on them that will go up and under as they recognize and name the uppercase letter U and lowercase letter u.

Literacy Activities
Make the U go up and under

  • Write the uppercase letter U and the lowercase u on the 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.
  • Give the children a piece of paper and show them how to make a paper airplane or pass out paper airplanes that have already been folded.
  • Ask the children if they have ever been on an airplane and explain that airplanes go up into the sky and under and over the clouds.
  • Have the children decorate the airplanes by writing the letter U several times (support as needed) on each plane.
  • Have the children hold their airplanes up in the air when you say, “Up!”
  • Tell the children to pretend that their hand is a cloud in the air and have the children hold the airplane under their hand when you say, “Under!”
  • Have the children write the letters U and u on small pieces of paper to make letter cards.
  • Let the children take turns throwing their paper airplanes and have them mark the landing spots with the U letter cards.
  • Tell the children to practice writing the letter U in the air using their airplane.

More Practice
Play ABC hide and seek

  • Give the children the letter cards.
  • Have the children count the cards to determine how many uppercase and lowercase letters they will need to find.
  • Choose two children to hide the cards in a designated area.
  • Set a timer and send two small groups to find the uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
  • As a group, have children identify the letters they have found.
    • If the letter is a U or a u, have the children keep it
    • If the letter is not a U or a u, place it in the discard pile.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as a U or a u, have him or her look at the U or u on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked. 
  • Play another game if time permits.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.