Zig Zag Z

Objective

Name and identify the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Zig-zag

Materials:

  • Shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash
  • Cloud graphic (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Glue or tape
  • Small pieces of paper

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will make a zig zag lightning bolt as they practice identifying and writing the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Practice the skill within an activity

Zig- Zag Z

  • Write the letter Z on the board then have the children name the letter and practice writing in the air with their finger.
  • Explain to the children that the letter Z kind of looks like lightning.
  • Have the children gather around desks or tables.
  • Squirt a blob of shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash on the table in the space in front of each child.
  • Allow the children to rub the shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash around on top of the desk to make it look like fluffy clouds.
  • Let the children use their fingers to make zig-zag lightning bolts in the shape of the letter Z in the shaving cream.
  • Tell the children to say “Zig-zag Z!” each time they make a Z lightning bolt.
  • Help the children clean up the shaving cream and have them wash their hands.

Apply the skill

Identify and write the target letter

  • Show the children the cloud graphic (see below) and tell them they will need to search the room to find zig zag Z lightning bolts to put on the cloud.
  • Scatter the letter cards (see below) around the room then let the children gather the cards.
  • Help the children decide whether or not each letter is a Z.
  • If the letter is a Z, have the children glue or tape it on the cloud graphic.
  • If the letter is not a Z, discard it.

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter Z on small pieces of paper.
  • Allow the children to attach their Z papers to the cloud graphic.

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Objective 

Name and identify the uppercase letter Z and the lowercase letter z.

Materials

  • Cloud picture (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash
  • Small pieces of paper

Activity: Zig-Zag Z

  • Write the letter Z then have your child name the letter and practice writing in the air with his/her finger.
  • Squirt a blob of shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash on the counter or table in front of your child.
  • Tell your child to swirl the blob of shaving cream, dish soap, or body wash around to make it fluffy like clouds then help him/her make zig-zag lightning bolts in the shape of the letter Z in the shaving cream.
  • Tell your child to say "Zig-zag Z!" each time he/she makes a Z lightning bolt.
  • Mix up the letter cards (see below) then let your child choose a card one at a time.
  • Help your child decide whether or not each letter is a Z. If the letter is a Z, have your child glue or tape it on the cloud graphic (see below). If the letter is not a Z, discard it.
  • Help your child write the letter Z on small pieces of paper then have him/her attach the Z papers to the cloud graphic.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Cloud-and-Letters

Standards

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

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