letter of the week

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  1. roseteacher12

    roseteacher12 Habitué

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    My reading series does the whole "letter of the week thing". In the past I have:

    Introduced the letter, how to write it, name, it, sound it makes.

    Read a book relating to the letter.

    Made a list of words starting with that letter.

    Did whatever practice page went along with letter.


    I am trying to use worksheets as minimally as possible and need some ideas to jazz up my "letter of the week" lessons! Any ideas?
     
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    have students bring in something from home that begins with that letter for show and share
     
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    On the last day of the week, bring in a snack that begins with that letter.
     
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    Our K teacher used to dance on a table with one of his "letter" people or hats.
     
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    Include your listening center with your letter, and what about art projects?
     
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    LOL this is something I could see myself doing!!
     
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    thanks for some great ideas! I did some googling as well and came up with some other ideas too. unfortunately, I have a half day program and only see my kids for 2 hours most days! so I wish I could do more!
     
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    Lakeshore sells "letter tubs," with miniatures of items beginning with that letter.

    Years ago, one of our PreK teachers made her own. They're still in our storage closet, although I'm not entirely sure anyone's using them at the moment... but the kids LOVE them :)
     
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    I do a letter of the week craft. I get a lot of the ideas from DLTK's website for that.
     
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    Love that site!
     
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    I sent a letter bucket home with a child on Monday that was due back on Friday. They had to fill the bucket with things beginning with our letter of the week. The child's family was invited to help fill the bucket. This was a great vocab lesson as well as reinforcement of our letter.

    We also did stories and finger plays/songs beginning with the letter of the week. At the end of the week I also did a paper with the kids. Ex. The bear has a basket. In the basket is a (insert something beginning with b). The children would draw and color the page. Lots of good imagination going here.
     
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    This year, I'm doing a mystery bag twice a week. One day, I'll be putting a healthy food in the bag (C-carrot), the other day a stuffed toy/doll beginning with the letter. I can't remember the tune of the song (I can sing it, just not name the tune) but here it is anyway. I'll come back and post the tune when I remember it, if not, you can do it as a chant. I learned it from a first grade teacher I worked with last year:

    What's in my bag for today?
    Is it made out of rubber or clay?
    Is it hard or soft, big or small?
    It begins with a ______ first of all.

    (Insert the letter and sound in the blank)

    I also try to incorporate different movement activities related to the letter too. We do hopscotch for H, pretend to be inchworms for I, etc.
     
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    Oh, and instead of using individual worksheets for the letters, I just prepared and bound a picture dictionary for each student. There are four pages for each letter:

    1. Capital and lowercase letter for the students to decorate/color
    2. A large picture of something beginning with the letter (Cuddly Cat etc)
    3. A page for writing practice
    4. A blank page for pasting pictures. I have printouts and magazines/catalogs for them to cut pictures from.
     
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    I was going to mention cutting out pictures from a magazine that begin with a letter or even cutting out the letter itself. I have a clip art picture of a duck and the kids fill it with d's, etc.
     
  16. mom2sands

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    Here are two free sites that I use:
    tlsbooks.com
    kizclub.com

    This one requires payment:
    kidssoup.com
     

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