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Lesson 6 - Setting Purpose: Letters Show Sounds (/a/ is “a”)

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 6 - Setting Purpose: Letters Show Sounds (/a/ is “a”)

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Daily Learning Targets

  • Opening A: I can listen to and act out the events in the Letter Story: “a.”
  • Work Time A:
    • I can show letter-sound correspondence for “a.” 
    • I can identify the name of each uppercase letter.
    • I can identify the name of each lowercase letter.
  • Work Time B:
    • I can write curved and diagonal lines.

In advance

  • Preview the Letter Story: “a” 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: consonant, letter, vowel, word
  • Text-specific: mist, snout, suit of armor, surface, swamp


  • Letter Story: “a” 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: “a” (laminated; one for teacher use)
  • Whiteboard marker (one for teacher use; optional)
  • Student Name Cards (from Lesson 1; optional)
  • Handwriting Paper (one per student)
  • Handwriting utensil (one per student; optional)











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