A solid understanding of the alphabet is needed to build strong reading skills. Here are 10 different ways to master the alphabet and generalize those skills. All of these activities are hands on and engaging to help keep your students’ attention.
Sorting By Features
Alphabet Tracing Books
When possible, I find something we can use in our hunt that starts with the letter we are looking for. For example, we used binoculars made for kids to find all of the “Bb” examples in our classroom.
If you are short on space, you could also do letter hunts using newspapers, flyers and magazines.
Practice Across Fonts
Write The Room Alphabet
Act Out Alphabet Books
We act it out with magnetic and felt letters. We also have this Lakeshore Activity Tree. I put this over in the classroom library so kiddos can retell and act the book out during reading centers.
Focus On Letters In Name
Add in sensory elements by having students build letters out of popsicle sticks, playdoh, in shaving cream, sand, etc. You could also cut letters out of sandpaper. Another idea… and this is a fave in my class is to make pancake letters:
Track The Letters
Have students point to letters in order while listening to the alphabet song. I write the alphabet on a sentence strips and have students point to each letter. This helps students learn that direction matters. We read left to write, so students need to practice reading letters in that way. If you have students with vision deficits, use colored sentence strips. The easiest on the eyes are yellow strips with black writing.