Classroom Animal Alphabet Book
Students will be able to identify and use alliteration.
- Begin a classroom singalong of the alphabet song.
- 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.
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, you would pull out the Newt page for the letter N.
- Brainstorm aloud a few words that start with the letter. You might come up with noisy, now, neat, new, not, and next.
- Create a sentence using your animal and some of the words you thought of, e.g. "The noisy newt is not neat." Write the sentence on the board, then show how you would write it on the Newt sheet (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.
- Describe how you would color your animal. In this case, because the newt is noisy and messy, you might use vibrant colors and add in a messy pile of leaves.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(15 minutes)
- Ask each student to think of a letter. Then, have students make up alliterative sentences for their letters.
- Have each student share her sentence with a partner.
- Allow volunteers to share their partners' sentences with the rest of the class.
Independent Working Time(30 minutes)
- Distribute the Animal Alphabet pages to the class, allowing students to choose their letter if possible.
- Make the dictionaries available for students to use as needed.
- Pass out a box of colored pencils to each student.
- Have students follow your activity model. They should fill in their sheets with complete sentences, color their animals, and add drawings to go along with their sentences.
- Enrichment: Students who finish the Animal Alphabet assignment early can be asked to write short stories about their animals on the backs of their sheets.
- Support: Students who have trouble writing their sentences can dictate their sentences to you or a peer. When writing a sentence for a student, make sure to read aloud as you go, emphasizing the sound each set of letters makes.
- Walk around the room as students work, observing and providing assistance as needed.
- Once students have completed the activity, have the class gather in an open area and sit down in a circle.
- Ask each student to hold up her picture and read her sentence aloud.
- Check how well each student completed her objectives in order to assess her comprehension of the lesson content.
Review and Closing(5 minutes)
- Review the definition of alliteration.
- Remind students to continue paying attention to the sounds that different letters make. Let them know that doing so will help them become better readers and writers.