Ordering the Letters…whole group activity!

When I first started teaching, one of my biggest weaknesses was not being able to plan out how much time each lesson would take.  I would either over plan, under plan, or both.  I haven’t ran into that problem for a couple of years…until today!  We accomplished all of our activities for the morning, and I looked at the clock, and we still had 15 minutes until lunch!  
I decided to do a whole group activity of organizing the letters from A-Z.  Instead of using pocket chart letters, I spotted my jumbo foam letters out of the corner of my eye!  Here is what we did…
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I gave each child a foam letter.  As they were holding their letter I asked them to “whisper their letter to the person next to them,” incase they didn’t know the letter, the person next to them could help.

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We started saying the letters of the alphabet, beginning with “A.”  When we reached the end and had to make a new row, we would then start saying the letters from that line (instead of starting at letter “A” every time).  It is a good strategy to teach them to be able to say the letters starting at a random spot in the alphabet.  When we said the letter that a student was holding, he/she would come and put it in the pocket chart.

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At the end we clapped, and examined all of our hard work and sang the alphabet song!

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This was a perfect activity to reinforce the letters, and to fill that time that I wasn’t prepared for!

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7 responses to “Ordering the Letters…whole group activity!”

  1. Janaye Avatar

    Neat activity! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂


  2. Stacy Avatar

    I love the foam letters, they look so colorful in your pocket chart. I hope your year is off to a great start.

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  3. Taryn Ryan Avatar
    Taryn Ryan

    Good thinking on your feet! 🙂

  4. Ash Avatar

    I love doing an alphabet treasure hunt where you hide the foam letters around the room and each child gets a turn finding one and then you put them in order to make sure they are all there.

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  5. Cupcake Avatar

    Great filler activity!
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  6. Crystal Avatar

    Great impromptu sponge activity! Thanks for this, I'm using it for sure!! 🙂

  7. Cindy Calenti Avatar
    Cindy Calenti

    What a great filler activity! Fun, hands-on, cooperative learning… what more could you ask for!


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