Letter J Lessons

Literacy Center Ideas:

  • Letter J mini-book (included)
  • Letter J worksheets (included)
  • Letter J activity worksheets (included)
  • Jelly Bean Sort and Classify (in letter J pack)
  • Jump, Jog, Jiggle Game (in letter J pack)
  • Jack in the bean stalk literacy pack (included)
  • If you were a Jelly Bean activity (included)
  • Spot and Dot letter J

All of the activities included above can be bought in our store/(You may use your account funds to pay for these lessons!)

Story Time Ideas:

  • Comprehension Concept: Realism vs. Fantasy – A good book to discuss realism vs. fantasy is Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type, Duck for President, or Giggle Giggle Quack  You can find elements that are both real and fantasy in those book.  Read a story and create a chart together discussing real vs. fantasy.  You can do the realism vs. fantasy worksheets included.
Fantasy Realism
Make believe/Pretend Things are real
Animals may talk/wear clothes Might be a fictional story, but things could happen in real life.
Silly characters Could be real events or fact filled
Magical places or magical events Animals act like animals
Monsters, aliens, dinosaurs

Writing Center Ideas:

  • Write a fantasy story. Start with ‘once upon a time’ and end with “and they lived happily ever after”…

Other Ideas:

  • Make Jell-o!
  • Sort and classify Jelly beans into jars
  • Juggle
  • Play a game called Jump, Jog, Jiggle (or jump, jog, jiggle, jumping jacks) –hold up cards with those words on it (jump, jog, or jiggle). The students must read the card and do as it says…    You can make this a “Simon Says” sort of game, or just play the game to get the wiggles out.
  • Do Jigsaw puzzles
  • Have a snack of jam and juice
  • For a science unit, grow beans (to go with Jack and the beanstalk)
  • Make a list of letter J words
  • Learn Jack be Nimble/Jack be quick and then practice jumping over a (pretend) candlestick.  You can jump over it to reach a number on a number line.


Madreen Karle and Meeghan Karle Mousaw
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle's Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle's Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created "sunshine moments" to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.

Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 7 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.

The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets. Over the last 7 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.