Letter Writing


This lesson is a review and heavy practice for writing the letters. By first grade we hope all of this is a review so basics like how to hold a pencil, how to write on lined paper and fit the letters are not included in the lesson but available in the resources list.

Letter Writing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about [Letter Writing] Lesson Plan
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice Letter Writing
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grade 1 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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This lesson is intended as a review and heavy practice for writing the letters.  Because it is designed as a review, your students should have prior knowledge of basics like how to hold a pencil, how to write on lined paper and fit the letters.  If students do need to review these skills, some useful activities are included in the resources list below.  A lesson like this one, heavy on repetition and light on variety, can be tough for smaller students to get through.  Here are a few recommendations for keeping it interesting.  First, you could set up stations around your room with different skills being practiced.  Included, for example, are the tools for sand table letter writing and a skills practice where the children work on pencil control.  It may work out well for you if there is a flexible time schedule – as long as everything gets done.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. If you choose to, review the basics of writing with your students- size of letters, holding your pencil properly, writing from top to bottom and left to right.
  2. Hand out the lesson pages and colored pens. Have students do letter tracing, read facts together too.
  3. Check on students for proper pen holding and individual issues with writing in order to focus on what is needed.
  4. When breaks are needed have a sand writing station for letter practice and a skills practice spot to practice writing wavy lines around obstacles etc.
  5. Start activity on first day- it will take more than one day to get through it. Show an example for them.
  6. Hand out homework.
  7. Hand out and do practice page.

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

Want more language arts resources? Check out our other Language Arts Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade


Language Arts

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