A Is For Acorns and Apples!
A fun way to have your students work on upper and lowercase letters is to make mini ABC booklets.
I designed these with some free fonts that I found on the Internet.
I liked ABC booklets that had a simple sentence to go along with the letter, so that I could start my students along the paths of reading.
The words is and for are part of the Dolch word list, so via repetition, students will soon easily recognize them.
The picture clue will help children figure out the last word, so their self esteem will skyrocket when they can take a completed booklet home to share with their family.
Students trace and write the upper and lowercase letters. I printed 4-pages on one page, to save on paper and to make just-my-size mini booklets for students to cut apart and sequence.
This will make a nice number sequencing skill for them. I’ve also included a cover and a complete upper and lowercase alphabet set of letters, that they trace for the last page.
Students who complete their booklets early, can go back and color their favorite pages.
When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group, to reinforce concepts of print. This way, students will enjoy sharing their ABC easy reader, with their family, reinforcing lessons learned at school.
Click on the link to view/download A is for Acorn Alphabet Easy Reader.
Click on this link to view/download A is for Apple Alphabet Easy Reader.
Watch for more Alphabet Easy Readers in the future too!
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ABC Come Teach With Me! Featuring A Letter and Number A Day In A Filmstrip!
Filmstrip Fun is another way to review letters and numbers with your students. It's that "something different" you may be looking for.
Print off and laminate the “Today’s Featured Letter” and “Number” posters. If you do a letter a day, make this part of your calendar routine and put these posters close by.
You can also display the complete upper and lowercase alphabet under their header cards, as well as the numbers.
I’ve provided upper and lowercase letters + numbers 0-10 for you to run off and laminate. To make things quick and easy, use Velcro dots to attach them.
Run off extra sets so that your students can play Memory Match Concentration games as well as “I Have; Who Has?”
Make copies of the upper and lowercase bookmarks for each student.
Have children “spy” the various letters with a filmstrip “spy glass”.
To make them, cut out the center rectangles on the filmstrips with an Exacto knife and then run the sheet through the laminator.
Cut the “spy glasses” out in sections of 2 so that the filmstrip on the bottom can be trimmed and used as a gluing tab. (See photo.)
I used a large glue dot to adhere the “window” to a Popsicle stick. Write students’ names on with a black permanent marker.
When students pass the various report card standards for letters and numbers reward them with an “I’ve Been Framed!” certificate.
Make a copy of your class composite and glue each student’s photo to the filmstrip mini-frame.
Write their name under the congratulations word and then sign and date the certificate.
I hope you enjoy Filmstrip Fun and having one more way to review letters and numbers with your sweeties!
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