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Classroom Animal Alphabet Book
- Students will be able to participate in shared research and writing projects.
- Students will be able to use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing with guidance and support from peers and the teacher.
- Start the lesson by playing the "Animal Alphabet Song" video.
- Let students know that today's lesson will involve the alphabet.
- Hold up the Alligator Letter A page, and ask students what letter they see.
- Ask them to make the ă, or short a, sound.
- On the board, write "Alvin the alligator likes to add apples."
- Have a student read the sentence aloud.
- Have another student identify how many words in the sentence start with the letter A.
- Explain that this sentence contains alliteration, or the repetition of several words that begin with the same letter or sound.
- Elaborate that today they will create an alphabet book together as a class, and try to use alliteration to make their sentences exciting and engaging!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Ask students to shout out their favorite letters, and use one of the letters to model the upcoming activity.
- Find the Animal Alphabet page that corresponds with the letter. For example, pull out the Newt page for the letter N.
- Brainstorm a few words that start with the chosen letter (e.g. noisy, now, neat, new, not, and next). Refer to a picture dictionary (online or a hard copy) to find more words that start with the letter N.
- Create a sentence using the animal and some of the words the students thought of, for example:
- The noisy newt's name is Nina.
- The neat newt was nice.
- Write the sentence on the whiteboard, then show how you would write it on the alphabet sheet (you can write the sentence above, below, or inside the letter). Make sure to emphasize that not every word in the sentence needs to start with the same letter, and that students should prioritize being creative.
- Elaborate that if students have a hard time creating a sentence with alliteration they can just create a fun sentence about their animal (e.g. The newt likes water).
- Remind students to be creative when coloring their animal. Encourage them to use a variety of colors.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Ask each student to think of a letter. Next, have students brainstorm a sentence to go along with their letter, encouraging them to include alliteration. If students struggle to think of a sentence, brainstorm words that start with the letter they chose and record some ideas with corresponding visuals on the whiteboard to support students as they create their sentences.
- Have each student share their sentence with a partner.
- Encourage student volunteers to share their partner's sentences with the rest of the class, or their own.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Put students in partnerships and distribute two pages of the Animal Alphabet Pages to each pair.
- Provide partnerships with access to online and hard copy picture dictionaries. Explain to the students that they will research their chosen letters by exploring the provided dictionaries and looking for interesting words that begin with their letter to include in their sentences.
- Remind students how to use the online/hard copy dictionaries as needed (depending on how many times they have used these tools in the past).
- Pass out coloring materials to students and remind them to try their best to include alliteration in their sentences.
- Instruct students to write short stories about their animals on the backs of their worksheets.
- Dictate sentences for students or allow students to have a peer dictate their sentences for them. When writing a sentence for a student, make sure to read aloud as you go, emphasizing the sound each set of letters makes.
- Rotate around the room to observe students as they complete their alphabet pages with their partners.
EXTENDED ASSESSMENT (Over the span of a week)
- Extend this lesson by introducing digital tools to produce and publish another Alphabet Book as a class, such as Storybird or Tikatok.
- Allow students sufficient time to explore these tools with peers prior to publishing their writing.
- Instruct students to produce and publish an additional sentence that goes along with one of their letters using the online tools.
- Print out student work and create a Classroom Alphabet Book.
- Send copies home or show copies of your Alphabet Book to families and caregivers when they come to your class.
- Prompt students to discuss the similiarities and differences between the processes of writing a book by hand and typing words using digital tools. Which process do they prefer the most? Why? Which process do they think they need more practice doing?
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Gather students back together and sit down in a circle.
- Starting with the letter A, ask each partnership to hold up their picture and read their sentence aloud.
- Encourage students to reflect on the activity by showing 1 - 3 fingers (1-I didn't like it, 2-It was okay, 3-I really enjoyed myself).
- Close the lesson by replaying the "Animal Alphabet Song."
- Remind students to continue paying attention to the sounds that different letters make. Elaborate that doing so will help them become better readers and writers!