Trace the Alphabet: Writing Letters
Students will be able to identify and write the letters of the alphabet through tracing.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Select a letter for your class to practice for today's lesson. For example, choose the letter A.
- Tell your students that they will be practicing tracing letters.
- Inform them that after tracing the letter, they get to write words at the bottom of the sheet.
- Have some objects that begin with the letter on display around your classroom.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Pin a copy of the worksheet and the letter on the board.
- Show your students how to trace the letter using correct grip.
- Ask your students to name the picture at the bottom of the worksheet.
- Show them how to trace the word that begins with the letter of the day.
- Remind them to follow the order of tracing shown on the worksheet.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student a copy of the worksheet.
- Ask your students to take out their pencils and erasers.
- Direct them to trace the letter.
- Observe to see if any of the students need help.
- Help them to correct their pencil grip, and guide your students by pointing to the tracing lines.
- Show them how to use the eraser to fix any errors.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Once they have traced the letter a few times, encourage them to work on their own.
- Have them trace the letter and then write the letter at least two times independently.
- Enrichment: Encourage your students to write the letter on their own without the tracing lines.
- Support: Focus on helping your students get the correct pencil grip and follow the tracing lines to write the letter.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Observe as your students are working at their desks.
- Walk around to check on their progress.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- After all the students are done, collect all the worksheets.
- Have one student write the letter on the board using the correct pencil grip and tracing pattern.