Yippee for Y

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • yell
  • yippee
  • yellow

Materials:

  • Large Y
  • Y prize graphics—one for each child
  • Letter cards
  • Handwriting practice page
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Yellow crayon or marker

Overview
The children will try to hit a Y as they recognize and name the uppercase letter Y and the lowercase letter y.

Literacy Activities
Yell, “Yippee for Y!”

  • Write the uppercase letter Y and the lowercase letter y on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children say the letter name as they write the Y and y in the air with their fingers.
  • Tape the large Y to the wall at the children’s eye level.
  • Have the children stand away from the wall and let them try to hit the large Y on the wall by throwing a beanbag or a soft toy.
  • Tell the children to yell, “Yippee for Y!” when they hit the Y with the beanbag.
  • Give the children the Y prize graphic for playing the Y game.
  • Ask the children to name the letter on the prize.
  • Let the children color their prize yellow and then point out the letter Y in the word yellow on the crayon or marker.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Scatter the letter cards around the room, then let the children gather the letter cards.
  • Help the children decide whether or not each letter is an uppercase letter Y or a lowercase letter y.
    • If the letter is a or a y, have the children put it near the large Y.
    • If the letter is not a Y or a y, place it in the discard pile.

Write the target letter

  • Give the children the handwriting practice page.
  • Let the children trace the letters then have them write the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter on their own using the lines as a guide.

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y.

Materials 

  • Y prize graphic
  • Letter cards
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Yellow crayon or marker

Activity: Yippee for Yellow

  • Help your child write a large letter Y on a sheet of paper, then attach the paper to a wall.
  • Let your child try to hit the Y paper by throwing a beanbag or a soft toy at the Y paper on the wall.
  • Tell your child to yell, "Yippee for Y!" when he or she hits the Y with the beanbag.
  • Give your child the prize graphic for playing the game and ask him or her to name the letter on the prize.
  • Let your child color the prize yellow, then point out the letter y in the word yellow on the crayon or marker.
  • Mix up the letter cards, then let your children choose a card one at a time.
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter is an uppercase Y or a lowercase y.
    • If the letter is a Y or a y, have your child put it near the large Y.
    • If the letter is not a or a y, discard it.
  • Attach the Y letter cards to the wall by the large letter Y, then allow your child to repeat the beanbag toss game.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Y-Prize

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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