- 45 minutes
Get young students moving with this group activity! In this lesson, young learners will trace and match different letters.
Students will be able to identify the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Prior to the start of the lesson, make alphabet cards of any of the following letters: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, T, V, W, X, Y, Z, i, k, l, t, v, w, x, y, z. These letters are used because they contain straight lines, making it easier to make them with tape.
- The alphabet cards can be made using index cards and a marker or punched out using a die cut machine.
- Make the letters that are the focus of the lesson on the floor using masking tape or painter’s tape.
- Tell students they will play a game that will help them review letters of the alphabet.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show students the tape letters.
- Tell students they will each be given letters that they will have to match to the tape letters on the floor.
- Model the game. For example, take three letters. Demonstrate to students to look at the letter and place it on the correct tape letter.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student a few letters. Suggestion: give each student no more than three letters.
- Allow students to match each letter card to the corresponding tape letter.
- Assist students as needed.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Once the game is complete, allow students to complete any of the Tracing worksheets with a pencil.
- Enrichment: Give advanced students index cards with words that start with tape letters. Allow these students to match the first letter in the word to the tape letter.
- Support: Give struggling students fewer letters to match.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- During the activity, write down which students were able to sort the letters with and without prompting.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Collect the letters and have students sit down.
- Ask students what they did in the activity.
- Ask students why it is important that they learn their letters. If students are unable to answer, tell them that it's important because it helps with reading.