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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Learning letters and sounds at a zoom!
This lesson introduces, reviews, and reinforces letter recognition and letter sounds using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Kindergarten children will enjoy this activity! It is appropriate for all academic levels.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Shanna Buckner.
ABCs by the week
This is an ongoing series of lessons to teach the 26 letters of the alphabet through functional skills that can be used on a daily/weekly basis building on and transferring to other educational tasks. These lessons incorporate coloring, marking, painting, cutting, pasting, creating, listening and following directions.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Karen Dawsey and Sherry Waters.
Alphabet animals
Students will use their knowledge of the alphabet and letter sounds to create an alphabet PowerPoint presentation. Each slide will contain a letter of the alphabet, a sentence and the sound that corresponds to that letter.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Emily Leonard.
Alphabet hunt
Students will find images in our environment which contain letters of the alphabet (either man made or natural) and photograph them so that they appear as the focal point.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Visual Arts Education)
By Lee Anne Kitzmiller.
Computer alphabet
Students will use the computer to create, save, open and print a file called "ABCs." For each letter of the alphabet the student is expected to create a capital (using the shift key), a lowercase, insert a picture that begins with the corresponding letter, and press the spacebar before repeating this process for the remaining letters of the alphabet.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Patricia SullivanHall.
Finding rhyming patterns with The Crooked Man
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 13
In this kindergarten lesson, students will use the nursery rhyme "The Crooked Man" to recognize rhyming patterns, practice writing the letter "i", and discuss different kinds of animal homes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Lisa Wright.
Fishing for beginning sounds
This lesson introduces the beginning sounds for picture words.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Deborah Kirby.
Fishing For vowels
This is an excellent hands-on activity in which the students actively participate in imagining a fishing trip. This lesson is designed to help students learn to recognize grade appropriate sight words. Students are expected to listen to a word and identify the short vowel sound heard.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Shannon Bradley.
Gorgeous glittery glasses
The students will use lower case g to create glasses for letter g representation.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Debbie Davis.
Keys to computing the alphabet
This lesson gives the students practice in locating the alphabet on the computer keyboard, using the space bar, printing their product, and finally, using these printed letters to make words.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Jessie Smith.
Learning about animals with Three Blind Mice
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 7
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students listen to the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice." They compare mice to other animals based on their size and think of foods that begin with different letters of the alphabet.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Lisa Wright.
Letter books
Kindergarten children are usually familiar with beginning sound "ABC" books with texts such as "A is for apple." In this activity, repeated for each consonant letter, art, writing, conventional spelling, and reading are combined to create a personal "Letter Book" for each child.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Clara McKenzie.
Letter recognition with Alphabet Band and Express
This activity will reinforce letter recognition along with letter order. Students will watch a video, listen to stories and play CD games on the computer to aid in recognition of alphabet letters, sounds and order.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Levrah Hall.
The long and short of it!
This lesson will assist students in recognizing and discriminating short and long vowel sounds.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
Magic E: Decoding/encoding with CVC & CVCE
Students will participate in two activities involving the consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e (CVCE) pattern: a decoding activity involving attaching a clothes pin with the letter e printed on it to consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC) and sounding the new CVCE words; and an encoding activity involving dictation of CVC and CVCE words from the first activity which students are to write using auditory and tactile strategies. These activities require that students have prior knowledge of consonant and long and short vowel sounds as well as blending of these sounds in CVC pattern words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Julia Huff Jerome.
Movement ABCs
Notecards with upper and lower case letters are placed under cones. Students hop, skip, or jump to a designated cone, find a letter, then continue using the locomotor movement to find the student with a match to their letters.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
By Lisa Watlington.
Newspaper words
Students will use newspapers to find the letters for certain words, such as spelling words, or words with certain beginnings or endings, and then create those particular words by cutting and pasting.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Emily Goodson.
Painting the alphabet
After working on numerous letter names and sounds, the children will use a paint program to draw a picture and write the word to name the picture. The pictures will be printed out to make a class book or alphabet page.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Jackie White, Kathy Moore, Kelley Turner, and Mike Christopher.
Phonics fun
Kid Pix Deluxe software is needed for this lesson. Using this program, students will decode and blend one-syllable short-vowel words and words ending with silent "e" to match pictures with words as well as to spell names of pictures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Jo Voigt.
Sizing up Sam the Scarecrow
Students will integrate measurement as a math activity during "S" week as they talk about Scarecrows and the Season Fall.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Marsha Thomas.