Letter Recognition is Easy as ABC
Record students mastery of letter recognition, prior to instruction. Maintain this record for reference.
2 Whole Group Instruction
Using the pre-assessment, identify the letters that your group of students needs most help with identification.
Use the videos from YouTube user "Have Fun Teaching" to introduce a "Letter of the Day". These videos are fun and engaging. Play the video 2 times through, having students sing along the second time.
Following the video, ask students to go around the classroom and point to/identify the "letter of the day".
Gather students back together, and ask students if they can think of words that begin with the "letter of the day".
3 Small Group Instruction
Using the Nearpod App create a small group lesson that allows you to teach the letter of the week.
Be sure to include interactive slides such as drawing, where students can:
- circle the letter of the week amongst other letters
- circle words that start with the letter of the week sound
- practice writing the letter of the week.
If you do not want to create your own, you can also download premade letter of the week activities from the Nearpod Library.
Nearpod allows you to collect all of the data a student inputs into the program, as you go through the lesson. It will also provide you with a great report at the end of your small group session, that you can refer to at a later time for reflection and evaluation.
4 Independent Practice
Teacher should set up iPads in a center with Starfall ABC and iWriteWords app installed. These apps will be used by students for independent practice.
Students can use the iPad in centers to explore the Starfall ABC and iWriteWords app, to practice their letter recognition and handwriting of the letter of the week.
Assess students letter recognition periodically and look for gains in letter recognition.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonent-vowel-consonent, or CVC) words.* (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.