Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Literacy/Math.
- 3" x 5" index cards (to make letter cards)
- drawing paper
- alphabet chart
- magnetic or felt letters or alphabet puzzle pieces
Objective: Children will develop literacy and math skills as they learn to identify and distinguish similarities and differences between the letters of the alphabet.
In Advance: Cut index cards in halves or quarters. Use the small cards to make three or four complete sets of uppercase letters of the alphabet.
1 Share an alphabet chart with children during meeting time. You can use a commercial chart or simply write the entire alphabet on a large piece of paper. Engage children in a conversation about the different shapes of the letters. Point to the lines and curves of letters. Which letters look similar? Encourage older children to explain their choices.
2 Provide younger children with magnetic letters or alphabet puzzle pieces that they can hold and manipulate. Show them how different letters are similar. Look at letters such as A and V or B and P. Ask children: "What do you notice?"
3 Invite children to work in groups of three or four. Provide them with a set of letters and ask them to sort into groups the letters that are alike. Offer assistance if needed.
4 After each group has finished sorting their letters, provide them with paper and glue and invite children to glue each group of letters onto a separate sheet of paper.
5 Ask children to explain how they chose their letter groups. Write children's reasons on a small sheet of paper or directly onto each page of letters. Display all of the children's groupings together. Engage them in a discussion about their letter groups. How are their groupings similar? How are they different? Assist children in summarizing their observations.
Movement: Body Letters. Draw each uppercase letter of the alphabet on a sheet of drawing paper. Then, in a nice open area inside or outside the classroom, divide children into groups of four. Hold up a letter and ask each group of children to lie on the floor and try to make that letter using their bodies. You may need to first provide an example by placing a few children together to form an F or C. Very young children can take turns making a letter with your assistance.