Introducing the Alphabet Instructional Tips and Follow-up Literacy Centers

Alphabet Program and Related Literacy Centers

The "Alphabet Program" was specifically designed to introduce the alphabet letters for meaningful and effective instructional purposes.  Information on the Program is found in the link below.  The literacy games outlined below are a key component in this program.  All the activities outlined on this page is the sequence in which I introduce the letters and their related sounds.  The follow-up literacy centers are based on this sequence.  The video below demonstrates the games I use.  The game boards would be changed according to the focus letters.

 
Information About the Alphabet Program


Video Demonstration of Games Used




View Demonstration of Literacy Alphabet Games on
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View Smart Board Alphabet Activities on YouTube


Instruction Smart Board Sorting Activities

As a group instructional activity, we sort pictures according to if they begin with an "Ll and Bb" sounds on the Smart Board.  You would need access to Notebook software in order to download this activity.

 
 
Smart Board Sorting Activity


Follow-Up Week One Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Ll and Bb"

Emergent Reader Used:  Lion Likes to Read

In these Centers the students practice using what they have learned about the focus letters and sounds.  We spend 30 - 40 minutes daily at these Centers.  Students are paired into groups and rotate to each Center about every 10 minutes.  I reproduce multiple copies of the games to be played as a partner game or individually.


Literacy Center One - Printing Center
In this Center the students practice printing the focus letters.  They can paint, use salt tray or playdough to practice proper letter formation.  This is followed-up by printing in their printing booklets.  The printing book I use is found in the link below:

 
 
Printing Booklet

 
Literacy Center Two - Sorting Alphabet Pictures or Objects
I place alphabet objects in a rice and soybean tub and the students dig and sort these according to the correct letter of the initial sound they hear. These change according to the focus letters and corresponding sounds that are being worked on.  A membership to the site offers hundreds of picture cards that can be used instead.


Alphabet Picture Cards
Hundreds of picture cards for alphabet activities and "Read Around the Room" activities can be found on the site.
 

Literacy Center Three - Spin and Print
You can use a spinning top or commercial spinners to play this game.  The game board would be placed in a paper or pie plate to secure the top from rolling off or a commercial spinner could be used as demonstrated in the video.

The student player partners would take turns spinning the top or spinner and printing the letter represented by the initial sound of the picture they landed on. The object of the game is to complete the printing grid board.

 
Literacy Center Four - Letter Matching and Ordering Games 

Possible Suggestions

1.  Student partners take turns picking up the letter cards and match them to the same letter found on the game board.  Say the name of the letter, if they know it.
2.  Print the alphabet letters or use alphabet stickers on decorative rocks and have students dig and match them according to the game board. 
3.  Match the upper-case letter cards to the lower-case letters found on the game board.
4.  Place the letter cards in the correct sequence on the blank game board.

 
Literacy Center Five - Introducing and Practicing Sight Words Found Within the Readers
I don't introduce sight words until the later half of the year after all the letters have been introduced and the majority of the students have mastered them.  My students are introduced to them incidentally as we read the emergent readers together. I focus on sight words during the later half of the year in conjunction to writing activities.

Sight word game ideas can be found at the bottom of this page.
 


Follow-Up Week Two Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letter "Hh"

Emergent Reader Used:  My Helping Hands

Everything would be similar to Week One but focus on letter "Hh".  I have changed the Smart Board and Spin and Print activities to reflect the change.  The students could print either just "Hh" when they land on it or both "Hh and Bb".  Pictures for letter "Hh" could be added to the sorting activity.


Follow-Up Week Three Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letter "Rr and Ff"

Emergent Reader Used:  Rainbow Fish Retelling
Everything would be similar to Week One and Two but focus on letters "Rr and Ff".  I have changed the Smart Board and Spin and Print activities to reflect the change.  The students could print either just "Rr or Ff" or both .  Pictures for letter "Rr and Ff" could be added to the sorting activity.

 


Follow-Up Week Four Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letter "Aa and Tt"

Emergent Reader Used:  Ape Counts Apples
Everything would be similar to previous weeks.   I have changed the Spin and Print and Smart Board and Letter Matching activities to reflect the change.  The students could print either just "Aa or Tt" or both .  Pictures for letter "Aa and Tt" could be added to the sorting activity.  The apple template board can be used for letter naming and matching activities

 


Follow-Up Week Five Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letter "Pp and Ss"

Emergent Readers:  Down At The Pumpkin Patch

How to Play These Games 

View how to play these games on YouTube

 


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Game Templates
Game templates to play the games shown in the video are found on the membership site.  Printing and picture card games remain the same as in previous weeks.
 

Follow-Up Week Six - Review Week - Review of Letters Ll, Bb, Hh, Rr, Ff, Aa, Tt, Pp and Ss

Continuous review is critical for students to master learning the alphabet letter names and sounds.  This week was specifically designed as a review week.


Literacy Center One
Have students choose review letter cards and practice printing them through different avenues and saying the names of the letters.
 

Literacy Center Two - Pickup Picture Cards and Print
Students pickup the alphabet letter picture cards representing the review letters Ll, Bb, Hh, Rr, Ff, Aa, Tt, Pp and Ss.  They must print on the dotted letter sheet provided.  The object of the game is to complete the sheet.
 
 
Literacy Center Three - Roll, Count and Print
Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly. They print the letter representing the picture landed on using the dotted printing sheet provided.  The object of the game is to complete the dotted printing sheet.  
 

Literacy Center Four - Continue With Letter Matching Game
Continue with letter matching game as in previous weeks.


Follow-Up Week Seven Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letter "Mm and Nn"

Emergent Readers:  Mouse in the Monster Parade Version Two

Literacy Center One - Printing book continued as in previous weeks.

Literacy Center Two - Picture sorting continued as in previous weeks but include review letter pictures.  I place the printing sheets in a page protector and the students use dry erase markers to print over top so the sheets can be reused by each rotating group.


Literacy Center Three - Spin and print game as in previous weeks but only with letter "Mm and Nn"
 

Literacy Center Four - Continue with pumpkin board game as outlined in week five OR rhyming activities as outlined in "Rhyming Picture Cards" mini-unit found on the membership site.
 

Follow-Up Week Eight Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Ee and Dd"

Emergent Readers Used:  Funny Enormous Eggs, Taking Care of a Dog or Dog Dances
All center activities similar to previous weeks except focus on letter "Ee and Dd".  The pictures on the "Spin and Print Board" has been changed to those representing "Ee and Dd" and these letters have been added to the dotted printing sheet.
 


Follow-Up Week Nine Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Cc and Kk"

Emergent Readers:  Pete the Cat's Shoes

Literacy Center One - Printing book continued as in previous weeks.

Literacy Center Two - Picture sorting continued as in previous weeks but include review letter pictures.  
 

Literacy Center Three - Student playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly around the game board, if they land on a picture that makes a "Cc or Kk" initial sounds, they print the letter represented by the picture as displayed in the photograph.
 

Literacy Center Four - Continue with rhyming activities or "Sing That Letter Name" game board activity.  Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly around the game board.  They must say the name of the letter they landed on and mark this off on their game board chart as displayed in the photograph.
 

Follow-Up Week Ten - Review Week - Review of Letters Mm, Nn, Ee, Dd, Cc, Kk

Follow similar plan as in Week Six Review only with letters Mm, Nn, Ee, Dd, Cc, Kk

Literacy Center One - Have students choose review letter cards and practice printing them through different avenues and saying the names of the letters.
 
Literacy Center Two - Pickup Picture Cards and Print
Students pickup the alphabet letter picture cards representing the review letters.  They must print on the dotted letter sheet found in the link below representing the picture they landed on.  The object of the game is to complete the sheet.
 
Literacy Center Three - Roll, Count and Print
Partner players take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly. They print the dotted letter representing the picture landed on using the dotted printing sheet.  The object of the game is to complete the dotted printing sheet provided.
 


Follow-Up Weeks Eleven and Twelve Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Uu, Vv Ii, Xx"

Emergent Readers - Unicorn's Umbrellas (Letter Uu) or Under the Umbrella (Letter Uu)  or  It Rained Valentine Hearts (Letters Uu and Vv)Iguana Ice Skating (Letter Ii) or The Best Pet (Letter Ii) and Fox Plays Rhymes (Letter Xx)

Routine similar as in previous weeks, only game boards and picture cards would change according to the focus sounds.

 


Follow-Up Week Twelve and Thirteen Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Oo, Jj, Ww

Emergent Reader:  Exploring the Sea With Ollie Octopus

Center activities follow the same pattern as previous week only with focus on letter Oo, Jj, and Ww.
 
Rhyming Around the Ocean Floor
Partner players would take turns rolling a die and moving that many spaces around the game board.  They must find the rhyming partner on the corresponding board and mark this off using a bingo chip (could also be placed in a page protector and be marked off using a dry erase marker).  The object of the game is to have all the rhyming pairs marked off as displayed in the photograph.
 

S
mart Board Activities

Farm Smart Board Activity

Now that the students have been introduced to all the vowels, the activities below could be included in the Literacy Center activities. The students will match the word to the picture using their knowledge of their alphabet sounds.  The students will also drag the correct vowel letter to complete the word that matches the picture.  This allows them to practice their knowledge of CVC sounds.
 

View on YouTube  Smart Board Activities


Printable Vowel Fun Activity
Vowel sounds are the most difficult for the children to hear.  If you have access to a Smart Board the students can practice the activity as outlined in the video above.

This game expands upon their knowledge of this concept.  Each player has a game card (partner game).  They each take a turn picking up a vowel letter from the container and decide where to place it.  The first person to have their vowel letters properly placed on the game board would be the winner.  If they pick up a joker, it is placed back in the container and it is the other player's turn. For example:  If they pick up the letter "i" this would be placed on the picture of the pig.

Another option is to place the sheets in a plastic protector and have the students print the correct vowel using an erasable marker.  This activity can continually be reused.

Another Vowel in the Middle Activity
Students take turns drawing a picture card found in the final weeks plans below.  They must determine what vowel sound they hear in the middle and print this vowel on the sheet provided on the membership site.  The game is over when one row of vowel letters have been printed.

 

Final Weeks of Literacy Games - Focus on Alphabet Letters "Gg, Zz, Vv, Qq and Yy"

Emergent Readers:  Zoo Escape (Gg and Zz), Valentine Mice (Vv),  The Queen's Feet (Qq) and The Yippety Yaks (Yy)
Centers follow a similar pattern as previous weeks but only for letters "Gg, Zz, Vv, Qq and Yy".  Rhyming and CVC activities would continue to be worked on.  You will also find a review board that includes all the letters of the alphabet.
 

Review Game Boards for All Letters of the Alphabet
On the membership site you will find review game boards where the students will be required to use their knowledge of all the letters of the alphabet.  They would roll a die and move that many spaces and print the letter represented by the picture landed on.  They would print that letter on the dotted printing sheet found provided.

More CVC Activities
The CVC pictures cards, words and letters can be used for more CVC activities.
 
 
Letters for Game
On the membership site you will find the letters that can be cut for the students to make the words.

 

Sight Word Games

Roll, Say and Mark Off

 
Spin, Say and Collect
Roll, Say and Collect

 
Draw, Say and Keep


Spin, Say and Collect
Playing partners take turns spinning the spinner, saying the word landed on and collect a bingo chip each time they get the word correct.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most chips.


Roll, Say and Mark Off
Playing partners would take turns rolling a number die and saying  the word that aligns with the number rolled.  Each time they are able to say the word, this is marked off on their number chart as displayed in the picture on the left.  The game is over when one playing partner marks off one complete row.  I place these in a page protector and the students use a dry erase marker.  This allows me to reuse the chart.
 

Roll, Say and Collect
I place the game board in a page protector to reuse.  Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly.  If they are able to say the word they landed on, then they can collect a bingo chip.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips.


Draw, Say and Keep
Three sets of sight word cards are copied.  Playing partners take turns drawing a sight word card.  If they can say the word, then they can keep it or place it back into the pile.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most cards.




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