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Lesson 4 - Setting Purpose: Letters Show Sounds (/t/ is “t”)

teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.3.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/3/a
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/3

Lesson 4 - Setting Purpose: Letters Show Sounds (/t/ is “t”)

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Daily Learning Targets

  • Opening A:
    • I can listen to and act out the events in the Letter Story: “t.”
  • Work Time A:
    • I can show letter-sound correspondence for “t.” 
    • I can identify the name of each uppercase letter.
    • I can identify the name of each lowercase letter.
  • Work Time B:
    • I can write vertical lines from the top down and horizontal lines from left to right.

In advance

  • Preview the Letter Story: “t” to identify parts that can be easily acted out through body language to support student understanding and engagement.
  • Gather materials for independent work rotations (see Independent Work Time).


  • Lesson-specific: letter, word
  • Text-specific: loosen, seaweed, tern


  • Letter Story: “t” wrapped in colorful paper or placed in a decorative container (wrapping and container are optional) (one for teacher use; see Learning Letters Book)
  • Keyword Picture Card: “t” (laminated; one for teacher use)
  • Whiteboard marker (one for teacher use; optional)
  • Student Name Cards (from Lesson 1; optional in this lesson)
  • Handwriting Paper (one per student)











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