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Here Comes the Alphabet!
Students will be able to identify and draw images that correspond to letter sounds.
- Gather your class together and sing the alphabet song, pointing to each letter as you sing (using a class alphabet chart or letters you have written on the whiteboard).
- Ask your class to share what they know about the alphabet. Answers might include that there are 26 letters, that the letters make sounds, or that you can use the letters to make words.
- Explain that today you will be thinking about the sound each letter makes.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Read the book Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum of Art aloud to your students.
- Display or write each of the letters of the alphabet on the whiteboard or on chart paper.
- Model drawing a picture underneath a letter that shares the sound. For example, drawing a cat under the letter c.
- Introduce the alphabet chart and explain how it can help you remember the sound of the letter, by looking at the pictures and listening for the first sound in the word.
- Explain that today you will be making a class alphabet chart to display on the wall.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Place 26 letter cards (pre-written on index cards) in a stack or in a hat and pull them out one at a time.
- Ask students to identify words that start with that sound (e.g. C for cat), encourage them to use words from the book.
- Go over each letter with the class.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Pass out one of the letter cards from the previous section to each student along with a blank piece of paper.
- Have each student illustrate the page with pictures that go with that letter.
- If time permits, pass out additional letter cards to students who finish early.
- Have students work in pairs on a single letter page.
- Complete a letter-sound sort with students to help them identify letter sounds and match objects and words.
- Students can create an additional letter page, for added challenge encourage students to write the letters for each picture on the page.
- Students should trade their page with a partner and identify each picture and beginning and the corresponding beginning sound.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Display the letter pages on the wall and go over each page as a class.
- Explain how the alphabet chart can help you remember each letter sound.