"X" Marks the Spot

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • box
  • exciting

Materials:

  • Treasure map
  • Large letter cards
  • Small letter cards
  • Box
  • Treat or other “treasure”
  • Exciting music

Overview
The children will follow a map to find a treasure box as they recognize and name the uppercase letter X and the lowercase letter x.

Literacy Activities
X marks the spot

  • Place a treat or some type of treasure in a box.
  • Write the uppercase letter X and the lowercase letter x on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the and x in the air with their fingers. 
  • Set up a treasure hunt path that takes the children past the large letter cards S, O, and M before they reach the letter X and the treasure box hidden nearby.
  • Explain to the children that they will follow a path of letters and look for the letter X.
  • Show the children the treasure map and have them walk along the path.
  • Point out the different letters as you come to them and help the children decide whether or not each letter is an X.
  • When the children find the X that marks the spot, have them search nearby to find the treasure box.
  • Have the children draw an X in the air with their fingers to open the box.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure or treat inside.

X freeze dance

  • Turn on exciting music and have the children dance.
  • When the music stops, have the children freeze with their bodies in an X shape (arms raised at angles and legs spread apart).
  • Repeat several times, each time having the children freeze in the X position when the music stops.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Mix up the small letter cards and put them in the treasure box.
  • Have the children choose a card from the box one at a time.
  • Help the children decide whether or not each letter is an uppercase letter X or a lowercase letter x.
    • If the letter is an X or an x, place it on the treasure map.
    • If the letter is not an X or an x, place it in the discard pile.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an X or an x, have him or her look at the X and x on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter X on a piece of paper.
  • Let the children place their paper X on the large letter X that marked the spot for the treasure.

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter x.

Materials

  • Treasure map 
  • Letter cards
  • Box
  • A treasure or treat

Activity: X Marks the Spot

  • Set up a treasure hunt path that passes the letters S, O, and M before reaching the letter X and the treasure box hidden nearby.
  • Write the letter X and ask your child to name the letter.
  • Explain that you will work together and use a treasure map to follow a path of letters leading to where the letter X marks the spot of the treasure.
  • Point out the letters as you pass by them and help your child decide whether or not each letter is an X.
  • When your child finds the X that marks the spot, have him or her search nearby to find the treasure box. 
  • Have your child draw an X in the air with his or her fingers to open the box.
  • Open the treasure box and share the treasure or treat inside.
  • Help your child write the letter X on a piece of paper then let him/her place the paper on the letter X that marked the spot for the treasure.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Map-graphic

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.

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