Learn About Letters Together: Letter ("Hh") and Word (hill) Hunt

  • Between the Lions alphabet chart
  • books
  • letter card “Hh”
  • marker (optional)
  • name cards
  • sticky notes
  • word card hill

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1.d: Recognize and name some uppercase letters of the alphabet and the lowercase letters in one’s own name.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Alphabet Knowledge: Recognizes that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics that can be individually named.
Literacy Knowledge/Alphabet Knowledge: Attends to the beginning letters and sounds in familiar words.
Literacy Knowledge/Alphabet Knowledge: Identifies letters and associates correct sounds with letters.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 7: Develop familiarity with the forms of alphabet letters, awareness of print, and letter forms.

Learn About Letters Together: Letter ("Hh") and Word (hill) Hunt

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ELA Focus Skills: Letter Recognition, Vocabulary, Word Recognition

Educator prep: Print out the Between the Lions Alphabet Chart or create an alphabet chart on chart paper.

Reinforce recognition of the letter “Hh” and the word hill by having children hunt for them around the room.

Suggest that children look on charts, name cards, word cards, and in book titles and stories. You may also wish to place around the room a few sticky notes with the word hill written on them.

Ask each child to find at least two examples of the letter and the word and then to “read” them aloud to you. Circulate in areas where there are many opportunities to find the letter and word so children can “read” to you without having to carry too many things to a fixed location.

Adaptation: Groups with varied age groups may wish to pair older and younger children to hunt together so that older ones can help younger ones find the words.

Educator Tip: Guided and independent letter, sound, and word practice continues to take place in center activities. It is helpful to set up the literacy center immediately after the direct instruction and repeat instruction before children work in the literacy center identifying letters.

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