Lesson plan

Lesson 7 - Setting Purpose: The Alphabet (“a”)

teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.1.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/1/d
teaches Common Core State Standards L.K.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/K/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/1
teaches Common Core State Standards L.K.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/K/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.K.3.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/K/3/a

Lesson 7 - Setting Purpose: The Alphabet (“a”)

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 7 Overview found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • Opening A:
    • I can sing the “ABC Song” to name the letters of the alphabet in order.
  • 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.
    • I can look at each consonant and say its sound.
  • Work Time B:
    • I can follow directions for writing letters. 
    • I can print lowercase “a.”
    • I can print uppercase “A.”

In advance

  • Prepare:
    • A place in the classroom to display each letter of the alphabet as it is learned (see Lesson 5) (examples: on chart paper, poster paper, or a series of cards placed in order on a wall).
    • This should contain “empty” spaces/cards/boxes for all of the letters of the alphabet, with the exception of “t,” which was added in Lesson 6, but clearly show two “empty” spaces/cards/boxes where the lowercase and uppercase 'Ts' would be.
      • This allows students to see that there are 26 total letters.
    • As they learn each letter, the Keyword Picture Card will go into one of the spaces. This is the Alphabet Anchor Chart.
    • Colorful paper to place the Keyword Picture Card: “a” on to distinguish it as a vowel.
      • This will be continued each time a new vowel is introduced in a cycle.
  • Review Letter Formation Guidance Document.

Gather materials for independent work rotations (see Independent Work Time).


  • Lesson-specific: curve, letter, vowel, word
  • Text-specific: alligator


  • Alphabet anchor chart
  • Keyword Picture Card: “t” (on Alphabet Anchor Chart)
  • Keyword Picture Card: “a” (one to display; from Lesson 6)
  • Colorful paper on which to display Keyword Picture Card: “a”
  • Letter Demonstration Board (one for teacher)
  • Letter Formation Guidance document (standalone document for teacher reference)
  • Handwriting Sheet A (one per student)
  • Writing utensils (one per student; optional)











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