Objectives (based on the TEKS, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
*TLW know the difference between letters and words
*TLW know the difference between capital and lowercase letters
*TLW identify and isolate the initial sound of a spoken word
*TLW name/identify each letter of the alphabet
*TLW learn and apply letter-sound correspondences
There are about a million activities to do in the ABC center.
Here are just a few:
*Letter find- Students highlight the "focus letter" or sight word in print using
yellow crayon. (We use a blown-up page out of the TV guide or classifieds...
lots of letters and sight words!)
*Letter sort- Students sort plastic letters into "focus letter" and "not focus
letter," then they record their work on their own chart.
*Letter/sound match- Students match up objects and letters. Pocket
charts are great for sorting pictures by initial sound, too.
*Letter arcs- Students match plastic letters to their "shadows" in
alphabetical order. The other side of the mat only shows the letters: A, M, N,
and Z. The students must put the letters in order based on their knowledge.
*Capital/lowercase match- We found plastic alphabet placemats at
Walmart (of course!). We used double-stick to attach them to old cookie
sheets. The student then use magnetic letters to match capital and lowercase
*Magic letters- Students pull sandpaper letters out of a bag. They place the
letter under a piece of paper, rub crayons over it, and the letter "magically"
appears. Then they can illustrate words that begin (or end, for those who are
ready) with that sound.
*ABC memory games
*Alphabet Bingo- After playing this as a class, they become very proficient
at organizing games in small groups.
*Alphabet Flash Cards- We have multiple sets in a box. They love reading
these, putting them in alphabetical order, sorting into vowels/consonants,
playing "go fish," etc.
We have put many of our ideas for the ABC center into book form.
You may download a sample pack from the book on our Freebies page
or purchase the full version from our Bookstore.