Students will be able to identify the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
- 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.
- 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.