Lesson Plan

Building Letter-Recognition Fluency

Learning to recognize letters is a basic skill that students need to build a strong foundation for literacy knowledge. This lesson uses a variety of activities to increase engagement and build a strong letter recognition foundation.
Jenny P.
Classroom teacher
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Knoxville, United States
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Interact with letters in a variety of settings to better understand the letter name–sound connection.
Build their letter-recognition fluency through a variety of activities including the exploration of interactive alphabet sites.
Demonstrate their knowledge of letter names and sounds by creating an alphabet book.
Practice sharing their work by participating in partner discussions.

English Language Arts
Grades K
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Investigating

Gather students in a group and build excitement by telling them they are going on a letter hunt. Explain that you have hidden 26 letter cards around the room and it is their job to find the cards and help you put them in order.

Student Instructions

Find the letter cards hidden around the room.

2 Direct Instruction

Once all letters have been found, direct student attention to the Ipevo Interactive Whiteboard and the Interactive Alphabet program. Listen to the alphabet song with students, holding up the Fundations letters when each letter appears in the song.

Student Instructions

Students will sing the alphabet song, along with the teacher, and look at each Fundation card while singing each letter.

3 Guided Practice

Help students put their letter in alphabetical order using the Interactive Alphabet program on the Ipevo Interactive Whiteboard.

Have students bring their letter up, in alphabetical order. On the Ipevo Interactive Whiteboard, students will see the capital and lowercase form of each letter of the alphabet, hear the letter and its sound, and interact with a picture of an item that begins with that letter. Students will then repeat the name of their letter and the sound it makes.

Student Instructions

Students will bring their letter card up, in alphabetical order. Students will interact with the Ipevo Interactive Whiteboard, finding the capital letter, lowercase letter, repeating the sound their letter makes, and interacting with a picture of an item that begins with their letter.

4 Independent Practice

Instruct students to use their iPad to access the abc PocketPhonics app. Students will work through the alphabet independently, while the teacher circulates through the room to assist students when needed.

Model how to record an item in their own individual alphabet book. Allow students to work independently, monitoring them while they are working. As they draw a picture in their books, ask them to tell you about their drawing. You might write the word below the picture. For students who are already writing, encourage them to write the word below the picture, listening especially to the beginning sound as they write.

Student Instructions

Students will access the abc PocketPhonics app to work through the alphabet independently. Students will see a phoneme, say it, write it and then use it in a word. While using the app, students will create their own alphabet book to share with the class.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Presenting

Explain to students that they will now share whatever they have finished in their alphabet book with a partner. Tell students that if their partner drew a picture for a letter that they didn't get to, they can add that to their book.

Home Connection: Send home the Letter Cards handout with each student. Parents or caregivers should play this game with students by drawing a letter out of the bag and saying the name, sound, or a word that begins with that letter. Then they can work together to put the alphabet in order.

Student Instructions

To end the session, students will share their books with a partner.