- Identify upper- and lower-case letters
- Recognize letter-sound matches by naming and identifying each letter of the alphabet
- Learn the order of the letters of the alphabet
- 52 6" x 6" sheets of white drawing paper or copy paper, plus extras
- Dark marker
- Toot & Puddle: Toot's ABC
- Whiteboard and markers
- Colored pencils
- Large sheet of butcher paper on which to glue the 52 squares of paper
- Cut out 52 6" x 6" squares of white drawing paper or copy paper, plus extras in case students need them during the lesson.
- Use a dark marker to write out the alphabet on 26 of the paper squares. You'll need to decide if you want to write out capital letters or capital and lower-case letters.
Step 1: Introduce the book to the class and read up to the point that Puddle starts to illustrate the alphabet.
Step 2: Announce that the class will be working on illustrating the alphabet. Lead a group discussion about how there are objects and actions that correspond to letters and their sounds. An example being, "A is for apple."
Step 3: Work with students to generate a list of examples, recording them on the whiteboard.
Step 4: Distribute the letter papers, explaining to students that they will each be creating an illustration based on that letter. Encourage them to include Toot and Puddle in their drawings.
Step 5: Pass out the blank papers and colored pencils and have students work on their illustrations. Be sure to monitor student work to assure that students' illustrations correspond to their letters.
Step 6: When the illustrations are complete, lay out the large sheet of butcher paper and have students take turns placing their letter and illustration papers on the large paper. Be certain to do this in alphabetical order.
Step 7: After discussing the letters and drawings, glue them to the background paper and display it in the classroom.
Note: You may decide that you want to do the actual gluing to assure the papers are uniformly spaced, leaving borders in-between drawings.
Step 8: Finish reading the book aloud to the students. Discuss the illustrations Holly Hobbie used in the book as compared to the illustrations students created.
Note: You may decide to save step 8 for another time, as this project could be long for kindergarteners.
- Photocopy the drawings to create individual or class alphabet books.
- Read more of the Toot & Puddle books written by Holly Hobbie.
Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- Students can identify upper- and lower-case letters.
- Students can recognize letter-sound matches by naming and identifying each letter of the alphabet.
- Students know the order of the letters of the alphabet.