Alphabetic Knowledge Presented by Cherry Carl
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Presented by Cherry Carl
To promote flexible learning of letters, children must acquire knowledge of letters in many different ways. A simple rule is to begin with the easiest letters- those letters with maximum contrast (for example, m, b, f, s, r) - and promote overlearning with these letters.
Children need opportunities to learn about and manipulate the building blocks of written language. Knowledge of letters (graphemes) leads to success with learning to read. This includes the use, purpose, and function of letters.
The chart is read daily until the children are able to read the chart independently. The chart becomes a familiar resource for associating letter and sound cues during reading and writing events.
The teacher points to each letter (upper and lower case) and each picture as she leads the children in a shared reading activity.
Magnetic Letter Center
A Peek Over Flip Book provides the format for students to explore and record beginning, ending and medial sound pictures and words. See directions and samples in handout.
The Old Red Rooster(Tune: “The Old Gray Mare”)
The old red rooster isn’t what he used to be, No cock-a-doodle-dee,In the morning, waking me!The old red rooster doesn’t even make me stir,With his /r/ /r/ /r/!
The old red rooster isn’t what he used to be,I think he ate a bumblebee!Perhaps I’ll make him drink some tea.The old red rooster doesn’t say a single word,Except his /r/ /r/ /r/!
Skill Wheels provide the opportunity for students to have independent practice (using manipulatives to hear and identify beginning sounds).
Font Sorts are important because of the diversity in print that children will encounter in picture books and in environmental print. Sorts also provide independent practice.
Use one or two sets of pictures for sorting in a pocket chart, on the floor, or at a desk.
Picture Sorts provide the opportunity to see, say, and hear sounds of letters. They are a good vocabulary builder and work well for second language learners.
Materials: playing cards, pictures, letters, markers
Partner Puzzles provide the opportunity for independent practice that is self-correcting.
Use clay and other textual materials for building letters on work mats.
Little Reader Practice Books facilitate the development of phonemic awareness, sound/symbol knowledge and automaticity in letter recognition.
Class Big Books facilitate the development of phonemic awareness and serve as picture dictionaries. Great for ESL.
Keep a wide variety of alphabet charts in your ABC Literacy Center along with child-friendly pointers.