Z Zebra

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • zig
  • zag
  • zebra
  • zoo

Materials:

  • Zebra graphic
  • Letter cards
  • 1/2” x 2” strips of black paper
  • Z Zebra Zoo sign
  • Small zebra graphics

Overview
The children will make zig-zag stripes on a zebra as they recognize and name the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Literacy Activities
Zig Zag Zebra

  • Write the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z on a whiteboard (pointing out that size is the only difference between the two), name the letters, and have the children write the Z and z in the air with their fingers.
  • Show the children the zebra graphic and ask them what is missing from the zebra (the stripes).
  • Give the children the strips of black paper and the zebra graphic.
  • Help the children tape or glue the strips on the zebra in the shape of the letter Z to make zig-zag stripes.
  • Read the words on the Z Zebra Zoo sign to the children.
  • Have the children circle the letter Z in each word on the sign.
  • Let the children place the zebra graphic near the sign and pretend to watch the zebra at the zoo.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Mix up the letter cards, then have the children draw a card one at a time.
  • Help the children decide whether or not each letter is an uppercase letter Z or a lowercase letter z.
    • If the letter is a Z, have the children put it by the sign in the pretend Z Zebra Zoo.
    • If the letter is not a Z, have the children place it in the discard pile.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as a Z or a z, have him or her look at the Z and z on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked.

Write the target letter

  • Give the children the small zebra graphics and have them circle the letter Z in the word zebra.
  • Help the children write the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter on the zebra graphic.
  • Let the children place the small zebras by the large zebra in the pretend Z Zebra Zoo.

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Objective 
Recognize and name the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Materials

  • Zebra picture
  • Letter cards

Activity: Z Zebra

  • Show your child the zebra graphic and have him or her circle the letter Z in the word zebra.
  • Help your child write the letter Z on the zebra graphic to make zig-zag stripes.
  • Mix up the letter cards, then have your child draw a card one at a time.
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter is a Z or a z
    • If the letter is a Z, have your child put it by the zebra. 
    • If the letter is not a Z, have your child place it in a discard pile.
  • Invite your child to tape or glue the Z letter cards around the zebra.

Zebra-Picture

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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