Letter Detectives

Letter Detectives lesson plan

Who knows their letters?

  • 1.

    Lots of reading and telling stories, fingerplays, children’s dictated lists and stories, noticing signs and labels—a variety of early literacy activities come before children can begin to identify letters.

  • 2.

    Talk with children as they search for letters. Find out what they understand about literacy, cutting, and gluing. Build activities to suit individual skills and interests.

  • 4.

    Staple four or five sheets of white paper along one edge to make a book.

  • 5.

    On the cover, use a Crayola® Washable Marker to write your name and then the words Letter Detective. Write the date, too.

  • 6.

    In recycled magazines, be a Letter Detective. Search for interesting letters, perhaps giant-size ones, letters in your name, or upper-case letters.

  • 7.

    Cut them out with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 8.

    Arrange letters in an interesting way on each page. Attach with Crayola® School Glue. Name letters you detected.


  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • LA: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • This activity can be expanded to look at consonant blends.