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January 14, 2011 Teach ABCs With Ease: Lists for Teaching the Alphabet By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    When you're a preschool or kindergarten teacher, you spend all year thinking about letters, letter sounds, and anything with the beginning sound of the letter you're currently teaching. If you dream in letters and have nightmares trying to come up with words, objects, and activities for letters (especially Q, X, Y, and Z), you're in luck — here's a set of alphabetical lists for all things ABCs.

     

    Letter Sorting Containers

    Do you know where your letters are? To start you off, the slide show below lists containers your students can use to sort letter sound objects. (The size of the container, of course, depends on the size of the objects.)

    To make it even more fun, and to provide more of a challenge, have students say the letter sounds of the objects that aren't right and feed them to the Sound Muncher (a decorated trash can with a swinging door).

    Sound Muncher for Teaching Letter Sounds   Sound Muncher for Teaching Letter Sounds


    Letter Objects


    Of course, first you need objects to sort. Here are some object ideas for all the letter sounds:

     

    Letter Movements

    Get the kids moving to learn their letters! Here's a list of movements for every letter of the alphabet.

     

     

    Letter Pretend

    Here's an alphabetical list of things students can pretend to do, either for a short exercise or a longer play period:

     

     

    Letter Art, Crafts, and Activities

    Eeny, meeny, miney, mo, catch a letter and explore. Have fun with letter activities as a whole group, in small groups, or in centers.

     

    Letter Talk

    Do you hear what I hear? Talk or write about subjects with the beginning sound of each letter.

    (Examples: "Describe an alien from outer space"; "Have you ever been stung by a bumblebee?"; "Name something that you would take camping"; "What is your favorite thing to drink?")

     

    Letter Foods

    What comes in all sizes, shapes, and sounds? A buffet of letters. Following is a list of foods from A–Z.

    Additional Resources

    Here for your printable convenience are:

    Alphabet Lists By Type

    and

    Alphabet Lists By Letter

    Many of these ideas, including the Sound Muncher, came from the book Alphabet Soup. I have also assembled booklists that focus on the whole alphabet and specific letters.

    For more on teaching the alphabet, Scholastic.com has a wealth of lesson plans, including the "Alphabet Adventure Lesson Plan" and "Letter Fun With Food!" and Bright Hub offers "Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers," "Letter of the Week Preschool Ideas," and more. You might also check out articles like "Exercise the Alphabet Outside" on Education.com, and the printable worksheets at Enchanted Learning

    Do you have anything to add to any of these lists? Comment below.

    Have a B-U-T-FUL weekend!

    ~Allie

     

     Learning Letters With Alphabet CardsLearning Letters With Alphabet Cards

    Learning Letters With Alphabet CardsLearning Letters With Alphabet Cards

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    When you're a preschool or kindergarten teacher, you spend all year thinking about letters, letter sounds, and anything with the beginning sound of the letter you're currently teaching. If you dream in letters and have nightmares trying to come up with words, objects, and activities for letters (especially Q, X, Y, and Z), you're in luck — here's a set of alphabetical lists for all things ABCs.

     

    Letter Sorting Containers

    Do you know where your letters are? To start you off, the slide show below lists containers your students can use to sort letter sound objects. (The size of the container, of course, depends on the size of the objects.)

    To make it even more fun, and to provide more of a challenge, have students say the letter sounds of the objects that aren't right and feed them to the Sound Muncher (a decorated trash can with a swinging door).

    Sound Muncher for Teaching Letter Sounds   Sound Muncher for Teaching Letter Sounds


    Letter Objects


    Of course, first you need objects to sort. Here are some object ideas for all the letter sounds:

     

    Letter Movements

    Get the kids moving to learn their letters! Here's a list of movements for every letter of the alphabet.

     

     

    Letter Pretend

    Here's an alphabetical list of things students can pretend to do, either for a short exercise or a longer play period:

     

     

    Letter Art, Crafts, and Activities

    Eeny, meeny, miney, mo, catch a letter and explore. Have fun with letter activities as a whole group, in small groups, or in centers.

     

    Letter Talk

    Do you hear what I hear? Talk or write about subjects with the beginning sound of each letter.

    (Examples: "Describe an alien from outer space"; "Have you ever been stung by a bumblebee?"; "Name something that you would take camping"; "What is your favorite thing to drink?")

     

    Letter Foods

    What comes in all sizes, shapes, and sounds? A buffet of letters. Following is a list of foods from A–Z.

    Additional Resources

    Here for your printable convenience are:

    Alphabet Lists By Type

    and

    Alphabet Lists By Letter

    Many of these ideas, including the Sound Muncher, came from the book Alphabet Soup. I have also assembled booklists that focus on the whole alphabet and specific letters.

    For more on teaching the alphabet, Scholastic.com has a wealth of lesson plans, including the "Alphabet Adventure Lesson Plan" and "Letter Fun With Food!" and Bright Hub offers "Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers," "Letter of the Week Preschool Ideas," and more. You might also check out articles like "Exercise the Alphabet Outside" on Education.com, and the printable worksheets at Enchanted Learning

    Do you have anything to add to any of these lists? Comment below.

    Have a B-U-T-FUL weekend!

    ~Allie

     

     Learning Letters With Alphabet CardsLearning Letters With Alphabet Cards

    Learning Letters With Alphabet CardsLearning Letters With Alphabet Cards

    If you enjoyed this article, please link to it using the following html:

    <a href="http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/2011/01/teach-abcs-with-ease-lists-for-teaching-the-alphabet.html">Teach ABCs With Ease: Lists for Teaching the Alphabet in Preschool and Kindergarten/a>

     

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