Lesson Plan

Letter Recognition is Easy as ABC

Lesson to help early childhood students learn and identify upper and lower case letters
Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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Students will be able to...

  • Identify letters of the alphabet
  • Associate some sounds to letters
  • Write letters of the alphabet
English Language Arts
English Language Learning
Grades Pre-K - K
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Pre-Assement

Activity: Assessing

Record students mastery of letter recognition, prior to instruction. Maintain this record for reference.

2 Whole Group Instruction

Using the pre-assessment, identify the letters that your group of students needs most help with identification.

Use the videos from YouTube user "Have Fun Teaching" to introduce a "Letter of the Day". These videos are fun and engaging. Play the video 2 times through, having students sing along the second time.

Following the video, ask students to go around the classroom and point to/identify the "letter of the day". 

Gather students back together, and ask students if they can think of words that begin with the "letter of the day".

3 Small Group Instruction

Using the Nearpod App create a small group lesson that allows you to teach the letter of the week.

Be sure to include interactive slides such as drawing, where students can:

  • circle the letter of the week amongst other letters
  • circle words that start with the letter of the week sound
  • practice writing the letter of the week.

If you do not want to create your own, you can also download premade letter of the week activities from the Nearpod Library.

Nearpod allows you to collect all of the data a student inputs into the program, as you go through the lesson. It will also provide you with a great report at the end of your small group session, that you can refer to at a later time for reflection and evaluation.

4 Independent Practice

Teacher should set up iPads in a center with Starfall ABC and iWriteWords app installed. These apps will be used by students for independent practice.

Student Instructions

Students can use the iPad in centers to explore the Starfall ABC and iWriteWords app, to practice their letter recognition and handwriting of the letter of the week.

5 Post-Assessment

Activity: Assessing

Assess students letter recognition periodically and look for gains in letter recognition.