- 35 minutes
- Standards: RF.K.1.D
Get your preschoolers moving with this small group activity! This kinesthetic lesson, designed for 2-4 students, combines reviewing letters of the alphabet with gross motor skills.
Students will be able to identify letters of the alphabet. Students will be able to demonstrate increasing gross motor skills.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Prior to teaching this lesson, make a letter line for each student participating in the lesson.
- To make the letter line, place long strips of masking tape on the floor.
- Using a permanent marker, write letters of the alphabet on each strip of masking tape. Letters can be written out of order. You can choose to write all letters of the alphabet or letters you are specifically targeting.
- Ensure that the letter lines have enough space between them for students to move around.
- Tell students that they will play a game that will help them review the letters of the alphabet.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show each student a letter line.
- Tell students that they will all have their own letter lines to work with.
- Explain to students that when you say a letter, it is their job to find it on their letter lines using the movement you say.
- Inform students that they can touch the letter with their hands or feet.
- Model the game. For example: Walk to the letter M, and touch the letter M with your hand or foot. Tiptoe to the letter K, and touch the letter with your hand or foot.
- Model the movement you want students to do.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Assign each student to a letter line.
- Give them commands on how you would like them to move to the letter. Potential movement words include: crawl, drive, fly, hop, jump, march, skip, tiptoe, and walk.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Select one student to repeat the activity with her peers.
- Have this student act as the teacher, telling her peers how to move to each letter.
- Encourage her to use the movement words you discussed previously.
- Enrichment: If your small group consists of advanced learners, have them tell you the letter sound after they identify a letter. You can also have them tell you a word that begins with that letter.
- Support: If you are working with students who struggle with identifying letters, show them a flashcard; then, have them find the letter.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Walk around as students are doing the activity and help those as needed.
- Use the Anecdotal Notes sheet to write observations about students as they play the game.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask students to describe the activity. For example: We had to touch a letter on our letter line when you said it. We got to crawl and drive to the letter.
- Ask students what they liked best about the activity.
- Review the letters by singing the ABC song.