This learning and craft activity would be so much fun! Everyone gets in on the act as you
cut out a cardboard version of the letter you are studying, and then decorate it--and
anything goes! If each student gets to make their own, they would surely have more
impetus for remembering their letters.
|"A" IS FOR ANT:|
Here is an online review of all letters of the alphabet, complete with online audio. Students
simply click on a letter to match it with a wonderfully illustrated animal.
|"J" is for JACK-O-LANTERN WRITING PRACTICE:|
Students can both color the jack-o-lanterns on this printable worksheet, and trace and
practice writing the letter "J".
Find the missing letter in this alphabet line-up, or sing along with your ABC's. Cute audio
prompts guide kindergarten students; choose either easy or more difficult levels of play.
These printable alphabet flashcards are wonderfully animated and colorful. They would look
great as a banner on your bulletin board, or use them as stated for flashcards, or for student
trading cards, or...?
|A TO Z FLASHCARDS:|
You can choose to download either Zaner Bloser or D'Nealean style of letters, and then print
out several packs of flashcards for your preschool students to practice their alphabet skills.
|AIRPLANE ALPHABET BANNER:|
Print out this lively alphabet banner for your classroom walls, add sky and clouds, and presto--
you have a new spring theme. The printable banner comes with a reading lesson, practice
printing pages, cut and assembly work, and a Teacher's Guide.
|ALL ABOUT LETTERS:|
Review the letters of the alphabet that your preschoolers have learned this year with the
excellent online resources offered at this site. Audio recognition takes students through each
letter, while the second level will help students to build those letters by recognizing their
various component shapes and dragging and dropping to form the letter shown. A letter
train and letter car are also available; all skill sets are offered in four different languages.
This large resource offers a variety of fun activities for each letter of the alphabet.
Use some of the exercises for end-of-school-year reviews, or make a file of creative
activities for next year.
I like the idea of making a giant construction paper letter, using whichever letter you are
studying for the week, and cutting out images of that letter from magazines to glue onto it
for a giant classroom collage. You could also find pictures of items beginning with that letter
to form your collage. Several other art, math, science, and physical activities round out this
resource on learning with the alphabet.
How well do your kindergarten and first grade students know their ABC's? Team them up
for this exciting game, whereby they must quickly say where in the alphabet the letter stands in
relation to the letter "Z". For a variation on the game, have your students quickly say what sound
the letter makes, and name a word beginning with that letter. First team to do so wins the letter.
|ALPHABET BLOCKS PRINTABLE :|
Print these wonderful manipulatives out on colored cardstock for durability. You will
assemble them following the directions here, and find several suggestions here as well for
using the blocks in classroom learning environments.
|THE ALPHABET BEAR:|
You can help establish or reinforce phonics skills with your preschool students by
regularly playing this game. A "whispering" teddy bear requests letters and sounds, and the
bear is passed around as students reply accordingly.
Excellent graphics enhance these wonderful alphabet chains, where you will print and cut the
strips. Students can color the letters and then loop them and glue the strips to create their
own alphabet chains.
ALPHABETICAL ORDER BEARS:
These friendly amusement park bears will give your elementary students some practice in putting words in alphabetical order. They will need to read the bears' t-shirts and get them correctly lined up before they can go on their amusement park ride. Audio enhances the game and assists students. (2-3)
|CLICKABLE ALPHABET CHART:|
Have your preschool students first click on a letter that they recognize and can name.
They can then click on that letter for a response and a larger image, while you read the text
with them--good alphabet learning recognition and reward.
|COLORFUL ALPHABET CHARTS:|
I always found that it was helpful to have individual alphabet charts on each student's desk to
help identify letters, word sounds, and printing formations. Here is the perfect chart to
download and print for just such a purpose.
Download and print one of these colorful alphabet charts for each student in your K-1 classes.
They can keep them in folders or taped on their desks for easy reference when needed.
|ALPHABET COLORING BOOK:|
Save this resource for use throughout the school year, as you focus on your letter of the week.
Each letter page includes several illustrations of items beginning with that letter, as well as
traceable capital and small letter forms for writing practice.
The matching halves of these printable alphabet domino cards need to be matched to a
picture representing the initial sound of that letter.
Download and print out the templates here to create an alphabet fishing game. For each
uppercase letter and lowercase letter, attach "hooks" in the form of metal paper clips. Your
fishing line will have a magnet attached as your students fish for letters.
Print out these very cute alphabet flags to fold and paste over the tops of toothpicks. Give
each preschooler a letter and then have them pop up with their letter as you sing the ABC
song as a class.
It may well be the time of year you are reviewing your alphabet skills, and this site has
lots of alphabet learning games to help you out.
Create your own alphabet charts for your classroom and/or bulletin boards with this online
tool. Choose from several options and then print out the results.
|ALPHABET REVIEW ACTIVITIES:|
Find a new alphabet song here, one which chants not only the letters, but offers a word
beginning with the letter as well. Or play an alphabetic version of Old McDonald with
flashcards... Find instructions for these and other singing alphabet review activities.
|ALPHABET & SIGNING BANNERS:|
These new alphabet banners offered by author Jan Brett are not only beautifully illustrated with
lively and appealing graphics, they also contain the signing movement for each letter, along with
lined upper and lower case letters. Why not include the visuals for signing along with your
classroom alphabet displays, and see what your students will pick up?
Kindergarten and first grade students will enjoy this unique alphabet learning game,
with practical applications outside of the normal reading books. Children will draw an
alphabet card from a deck, then try to find a word starting with that letter in distributed
advertising flyers. Cutting and pasting from the flyer will complete your individualized
alphabet grocery lists--find specific instructions here.
Here is a great little idea for reinforcing spelling skills in a fun exercise. In your writing center,
students will have the opportunity to stamp out their spelling lists for the week using colorful
Here is a wonderful idea for practice in upper and lower case letters, and in sequencing the
alphabet. Students will fill in the missing letters, then create a lively snake mobile to show off
Both small and capital letters are included in these large alphabet stencils, along with a very
creative suggestion on how to use them writing names on the school sidewalks with chalk.
|DESKTOP ALPHABET TAPES:|
Having desktop alphabet tapes will help preschool students to become familiar with
the alphabet and its letter sequence. The first URL above is for a printable and colorful
D'Nealian alphabet, while the 2nd URL is the Zaner Bloser desktop version.
|ALPHABET TEACHING PRINTOUTS:|
These wonderful student pages teach upper and lower case letters, with corresponding
beginning letter photos, a small sentence, and boxes for printing, with both guided and blank
spaces for practice.
With happy faces placed in strategic intervals and the odd letter interjected for help,
see if your preschool students can fill in this alphabet worksheet by the end of the
Do your students know their ABC's in proper order? Let them practice with this online game,
where a section of the alphabet is first introduced in order. They must then answer a "what
comes next?" question by clicking on the correct letter from that bottom alphabet strip--good
letter order practice for preschoolers.
This excellent resource for early primary teachers offers a diverse selection of activities for
each letter of the alphabet. Find art projects, recipes, math, games, and more based on each
letter your class is learning.
These animal flashcards are partnered with alphabet cards for preschoolers to learn to
match beginning sounds. Once students recognize and read the animal names, you can
consider printing out that flashcard for the student to keep as a reward.
They can then collect all cards as they learn their letters, eventually creating their own
animal alphabet books.
|ANIMAL LETTER PAGES:|
Plan ahead for all the letters of the alphabet this coming school year, by downloading and
printing off copies of these color and write letter pages. Each is illustrated with a friendly
animal beginning with that letter. Students will write their letters in D'Nealian format, and can
compile a complete book of the alphabet through the school year.
|THE ANIMATED ALPHABET:|
This wonderful online alphabet is animated when your students click on a letter, with wacky
words beginning with each letter; audio-enhanced.
|BEGINNING LETTER PICTURE SORT PACKETS:|
Download these letter and picture cards for your elementary students this summer, where
they can use pocket charts according to the directions here for picture sorts, recognizing
beginning sounds. Also consider creating a gameboard for students to play independently at
|BEMBO'S ALPHABET ZOO:|
Very cool... This flash site offers a transforming alphabet--click on the letters and they will
magically contort into animal forms beginning with that letter sound. Great for kindergarten
learning and first grade reinforcement.
COLOR CODED WRITING:
For students who may have difficulty forming their letters, try this method for coding each letter of the alphabet in a color process to better understand where to begin and where to end. (2-4)
|COLOR & PRINT LETTERS & NUMBERS:|
Big letters, little letters, numbers with fuzzy chickens, numbers with horses... Find several
selections here to download and use for alphabet and number learning in your preschool
|COLOR AND WRITE ANIMAL LETTERS:|
From A to Z, print out these wonderful alphabet coloring pages, each one accompanied by an
animal beginning with that letter and sound.
|ACTIVITY WORKSHEETS FOR CONSONANTS:|
Numerous student worksheets cover all the consonants, with excellent activities to
explore letter recognition and sounds. Elementary word banks are also included.
|COOKIE DOUGH LETTERS:|
You can make this lesson plan very easy by buying prepared or packaged cookie dough, or
ask one or more of your parents to contribute the cookie dough for this lesson plan. Students
will roll out and shape the letters for their names, then bake and eat their letters.
|CREATE YOUR OWN ALPHABET INSECT ART:|
Have a large stencil on hand for the base of your letters and help your students to cut
them out. Then add legs and googly eyes, etc. as suggested here to turn each letter of the
alphabet into a unique insect. You can assign each student a separate letter, then make your
own bulletin board banner with each student's project; perfect for an Open House display.
|cooperative learning activity|
Toot! Toot! All aboard for this cooperative learning activity, where students will form
their own train, moving a-long as a unit to the beat of drums as speed picks up or slows
down. Further excellent cooperation activities are also included.
|CUSTOMIZABLE TRACER PAGES:|
Choose your font, D'Nealean or Zaner Bloser (standard), choose upper case or lower
case, select a background, input letters or words you want traced, and generate your own
preschool handwriting tracer worksheets.
|CUT AND PASTE ALPHABET FUN:|
Print out student worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. Your preschoolers will also
cut out matching words or pictures, and then paste them on to the appropriate or matching
letter of the alphabet.
|EASTER EGG LETTER MATCHING GAME:|
Have your students color these alphabet eggs in bright spring colors before cutting them out.
Each top half of the egg is then "cracked", or cut along a jagged line. You will then mix them
up, while your students have to locate and match the correct lowercase to uppercase letters;
perfect for a spring time or Easter learning activity in the kindergarten or first grade classroom.
For more advanced students, add phonics activities, where they must match beginning letters
to the "at" family, for example.
EDIBLE ALPHABETS & SPELLING WORDS:
The theme is definitely "edible" in this week's news letter - read on, you'll see! But how cool is this? Your elementary students will enjoy learning the alphabet with these edible letters. If you don't feel much in the mood to bake the cookie or pretzel letters, you can always compromise by buying pretzel sticks and pretzel rings, letting your students make letters with those. Older students can use their letters to form their spelling words. (PreK-3)
ELEPHANT ALPHABET PRINTABLES:
Reminding your students that elephants never forget, print out these upper and lower case alphabet cards onto cardstock and laminate them, creating your own matching, snap-style, or concentration games.
|FISHING FOR LETTERS:|
You will need to construct the fish letters, but the materials required for this game are fairly
minimal. The alphabet is reinforced as your students fish for and recite the letter/fish they caught.
|FUN FONT LETTER CARDS:|
Your students will love trying out and comparing all of the different fonts included on these
alphabet cards. Have an "A" day, or try any letter of the alphabet, asking your students to
bring in or wear something, or even tell a story about something that begins with the featured letter.
|CREATE AN ILLUMINATED ALPHABET WORD BOOK:|
Beautiful examples of illuminated manuscripts accompany the directions for this art lesson plan.
Each student will be assigned a specific letter, and will use mostly primary colors to decorate
their letter. Hue, texture, and collage are all considered. And if you get a chance, do go and
see the manuscripts mentioned at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
OUR ILLUMINATED ALPHABET:
Primary students will be looking at the alphabet in new ways with this lesson plan, and
incorporating stories of their homes and families in an oral tradition.
|LEARN HOW TO SIGN YOUR NAME:|
Arthur--from Marc Brown's books and the PBS series--will teach children how to sign their
names. They enter their name and submit for Arthur to give step-by-step instructions. Further
options are available as the students become adept at signing.
|LEARNING BEGINNING LETTERS:|
Print out a gameboard and game pieces on four pages for this primary reading game,
where students will move ahead by correctly naming items according to their first letters,
and to the questions on the game cards.
|LEARNING LETTERS GAMES:|
Find several different suggestions here for learning or reviewing letters of the alphabet,
with hands-on games, multi-sensory activities, music, and writing exercises.
|LEARNING THE ALPHABET WITH PRINTABLE CHAINS:|
Here's a wonderful idea for creatively exploring the alphabet. Print out the pages of letters
and images, cut the strips, then glue them together as alphabet chains. You could play
learning games with these letter chains, giving each student an alphabet strip to color, and
then having them find their partner to link up with the next sequenced letter, until you form
ahuman alphabet chain as well.
LETTER AND WORD CONCEPTS RUBRIC:
Print off one of these reading development rubrics for each of your students, where you will chart their word concept development through the school year.
|LETTER "H" ACTIVITIES:|
Studying the letter "H" is a good time for: making hats-- all kinds of hats--for Halloween or
dress-up; learning about horses; talking about houses and homes; creating hand crafts; doing
the hokey-pokey; playing with hula hoops or hot potatoes, or... Find loads of fun learning ideas
for the letter "H" at this site.
|LETTER OF THE DAY:|
Emphasize alphabet recognition with this excellent review of the letter of the week or the letter
of the day, using items that begin with that letter at story time. Students will help to label the
item as the teacher writes the name on the board. Find further instructions here.
Print out these alphabet letter puzzles onto sturdy and colored pieces of cardstock.
They will provide hours of learning fun in a classroom literacy center.
|LETTER AND WORD ACTIVITIES:|
Pick a letter, any letter... Go on a letter hunt, label your classroom with beginning letters, and
more with these letter learning activities for literacy strategies.
|LETTER SOUND MATCH:|
Here's a great exercise for testing letter and sound skills, where students will be given a
letter card and will need to match it to a corresponding picture that starts with that
letter. Try coloring your picture cards and then laminating them for durability.
|LISTEN AND SAY LETTERS:|
Each of the letters of the alphabet is reinforced with an appropriate letter sentence. Click on
the letter for a picture, then click on the picture to hear the sentence.
Students' names will magically appear as they do a chalk rubbing over sandpaper
alphabet letters. Try first letters only for the beginning of the school year, offering further
attempts at completing the whole name as students become more adept at spelling their
names. Be sure to post the completed names either by desks or prominently in the classroom.
|MAKE A CHRISTMAS ALPHABET BOOK:|
Download and print out this wonderful mini holiday book, with themed images to color for
each letter of the alphabet.
|MAKE SOME ALPHABET BLOCKS:|
Preschoolers will like their dimensional alphabet blocks even more if they are all different sizes.
Find directions here for construction, as well as activity ideas.
|Making letters--EARLY WRITING GUIDE:|
For extra practice in early writing skills, Spinner the online spider guides students through
the correct way to form their letters. An alphabet practice pad is also included.
This ongoing alphabet activity provides a unique and engaging way for students to both learn
and practice letter recognition. They become mailmen, matching letters above doors
(you draw the houses) in varying degrees of difficulty throughout the year, as they become
Much in the style of musical chairs, students must use the music stops to identify both an
alphabet letter card--students create and decorate these cards beforehand--and an object
that starts with that letter. For variations on the theme, throw a variety of objects into the
center of a circle, and when the music stops, students have to find an object which begins
with the pre-selected letter.
|NAME RECOGNITION ACTIVITIES:|
While this site offers activities for kindergarten, almost all of the suggestions could also be
applied for preschool use. Students will love the "Fish for Names" activity, as well as their
very own Textured Name.
|ONLINE ANIMAL ALPHABET BOOK:|
Welcome to Yellowstone National Park, where every letter of the alphabet is matched with an
animal ("M" is for Moose). Great photos, and brief backgrounds on the animal accompany
each letter selection.
|ONLINE CONNECT THE DOTS:|
Do your students know their alphabet? If so, they can click on the letters in order here to
produce a picture of a bat, perfect for Halloween learning and fun. If they are not yet familiar
enough with the alphabet sequence, then give them an alphabet strip by their computer monitor
in order to help them out.
These little penguins are adorable, and will help your kindergarten students review
alphabet skills. Print out two sets for each group of students to play a match-up
|USING MUSIC TO BUILD PHONEMIC AWARENESS:|
Using short vowel "a" as an example, this site offers a demonstration of how to use music
to help your students acquire important phonemic awareness skills.
You can refer to this resource throughout the school year when learning your letters of
the week. Choices include plain letters, animals with letters, or fruit and vegetable letters
to download coloring pages.
Here is a yummy way to review the letters of the alphabet--with chewy, edible pretzels.
If your students can spell simple words, you can use your letters to spell out the words,
play sound games, or choose a few words at story time to model with pretzels. Of course
the best part is being able to eat your letters after learning.
|PRINT AND COLOR ALPHABET:|
These preschool alphabets and numbers can be printed out for your students to color in.
If you're running a new summer school class, this activity provides a great way to get to
know your students' names--give them the letters of their names to color, then post them
on the bulletin board with a polaroid snapshot next to their names until they start recognizing
both each other, and how to spell or recognize the letters of their names.
|PRINTABLE ALPHABET COLORING PAGES:|
They've learned all the letters of the alphabet this year, and now you can reward them
with their very own, take-home alphabet coloring pages. Collate them into a book, with
colorful, personalized front and back pages for an end-of-year preschool graduation gift.
|PRINTABLE ANIMAL LETTER MAGNETS:|
These magnets are truly beautiful, each letter of the alphabet accompanied by a storybook
animal. Print them out on magnetic paper for easiest results, or onto cardstock if you want
to use them without magnets.
|PRINTABLE SCRABBLE ALPHABET:|
Print out these Scrabble alphabet letters and mount them on a colorful bulletin board tape.
You can have a daily morning game where you challenge your K-2 students to create
new words, keeping a running tally of student scores.
|QUICK REFERENCE ALPHABET CHART:|
Print out enough copies of this colorful and appealing alphabet chart for each student to
keep a copy on his or her desk.
|RESOURCES FOR TEACHING THE ALPHABET:|
What can you do with the letter "D"? If you're stuck for new and creative suggestions,
you'll find several here. Try dinosaur math, playdough fossils, duck walks, looking for
the letter "D" in magazines and cutting them out for a collage, singing songs, and making
"D" snacks. Find excellent activities to use throughout the school year for each letter of
the alphabet with this teaching resource.
|SAND AND SALT LETTERS:|
Students can trace their letters through this texture box, filled with either sand or salt. As
soon as they have a turn, you can simply brush to erase the letter and let the next student
have a try.
|SAND AND SNOW ALPHABET:|
Keep this activity handy for either beach or snow days... Preschool students can use their
bare feet on the beach or their boots in the snow to stamp out letters of the alphabet; lots
of fun for both visual and kinesthetic learners.
|SING YOUR WAY TO THE LETTER:|
Alphabet flash cards are used in this activity, which also requires a large alphabet strip on
the whiteboard. Preschool students will draw a card, using a pointer to follow along |
with the letters, and singing the alphabet song until they come to their appointed letter.
Complete instructions for this reinforcement activity are included here.
|SPIN THOSE LETTERS:|
Here is a resource to help young students learn how letters are formed. Spinner the Spider
will draw the letters of the alphabet for you, showing correct formation. Your students
can also practice along online with Spinner, by clicking on the 2nd URL above; choose the
thick lead pencil size for preschoolers.
Colorful graphics complement upper and lower case alphabet letters, which can be used as flashcards or as bulletin board borders for your classroom. All have spring time themes. (PreK-1)
Here's a beautiful, colorful alphabet for early childhood education that complements a
Thanksgiving theme. Each letter is accompanied by a related food or activity.
Print out copies of these student worksheets to have your preschoolers match up the
beginning letter sound with the correct picture to the right.
Match the uppercase with the lowercase alphabet in this spring-themed, printable student
worksheet to reinforce alphabet skills.
|A WINTER ALPHABET:|
The weather outside may indeed be frightful, but it certainly is a fun topic as a
background for seasonal discussion with these printable winter alphabet scenes.
|ZANY ANIMAL TRACEABLES:|
With printable pages for each letter of the alphabet decorated into letter forms from
animal figures, preschoolers will practice printing their letters. Use these printable pages
throughout the school year as you learn each new letter and as writing practice improves.