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How to Write the Alphabet: Cc Oo Hh

Updated on February 8, 2016

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Writing Lesson Plan: Cc Oo Hh

Whether you are teaching young students to write in their native tongue, or teaching the English alphabet to your English learning students, this lesson can help you.

Lesson Target: Beginners at reading and writing the English alphabet

Prior Lessons Needed: Letters sitarmgnubed. While each writing worksheet can stand alone, the reading lesson builds on previously learned letters. To start with the first writing lesson, Ss Ii Tt, go here. For a lesson on teaching the alphabet, go here.

Related Lessons: Where's William? An English lesson on houses and prepositions with a game.

Lesson Focus: writing and reading

  • Learn letters: Cc, Oo, Hh
  • Practice writing with writing worksheet
  • Practice reading with story

Note: If you have not looked at any of the prior lessons, I suggest you do so. They may not go in the order of the alphabet (for reasons previously explained), but they do have their own learning order.

Writing Worksheet


Learning the Letters: Cc Oo Hh

Carry on teaching the letters as you have been. With these three letters, you now have all five vowels (though not 'y'). Now that you have officially taught the letter 'o', it might be a good idea to review the previous lesson on short and long vowels.

With the addition of 'h', you might be tempted to start teaching 'ch, sh, ph, gh'. I advice you to resist the temptation. You might go as far as to teach that 't-h-e' spells 'the', but more as a sight word than as something to be sounded out. You will notice the reading below also avoids h combinations. Teaching every alternate pronunciation for 'h' is overly complicated for its introduction. There is only one sound you need to teach just now, and that is h by itself, as in 'hat'.

Do pay attention to whether 'h' is a sound that occurs in your students' native tongue. French students, for instance, may have difficulty as h's in the French language are silent. Whenever you come to letter sounds that don't occur in your students' native language, spend extra time on those sounds. You may need to teach your students how the sound is made.

Writing Worksheet

You can find a copy of the writing worksheet here. To use it, simply print the worksheet and give it to your students. You should be able to print by right clicking with your mouse on the document and selecting 'print' or there may possible be a print icon at the top of the page. The worksheet includes writing practice for each of the letters, instructions on how to write the letters, and a picture illustrating a word that begins with each letter.

Let's Read!


Reading Cc Oo Hh

This reading lesson builds on already learned letters: S I T A R M G N U B E D. It can also stand alone but your students will not be able to read any words in this story on their own unless you have already taught them some other letters or sight words.

You can find the story worksheet here.

There are two ways to use the story worksheet:

  1. Have your students find and identify the target letters. You can also use this as review time and have your students identify previously learned letters.
  2. Note that the word 'inside' can be used as a quick review on the silent e from the last lesson. See who can read it on their own before reviewing.
  3. Pre-teach a few of the words, particularly words that don't follow the normal rules (he has a long e, Mr. is an abbreviation of mister). Pre-teaching doesn't have to mean you tell them the word; write the words on the board or show flashcards and ask your students to try reading them first. The pictures in the story can be used as well to help your students understand the words. Before you read the story, why not ask your students to guess what they think the story is about?
  4. Read the story together. By this point, your students should be able to read the majority of the story themselves. In this story, the only words you should read for them are 'where, Mary's, you, and look'. All other words contain letters your students should already know, and with the exception of 'Mr.' they should all be simple enough to sound out from the sounds they know the letters to make. You can read altogether as a group, read one on one with your students, or have your students take turns as a group in reading words or lines.
  5. This story ends in a question. See if your students can answer it! You could even make it into a writing exercise; have your students write the final line. You may need to provide the vocabulary words, perhaps writing the proper phrase on the board together and then letting them copy the sentence themselves. A good and simple answer might be: Mr. Cat is in a tree. If you want a harder sentence that uses more of the target letters, you might try: Mr. Cat is on a tree branch. 'Mr. Cat' can also be substituted with 'He'.


Now that your students know Cc Oo Hh, what's next? Keep going through the alphabet!

Go back to Bb Ee Dd

Go on to Ff Vv Pp

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