Alphabet Avenue

 

 

 

This is a website that is devoted entirely to learning the alphabet. This page was originally on my other site (Carl's Corner), but the site became too large for most servers to support. Most of the items for individual letters have been updated and I will be adding more and revising some of the old things in the near future. I know that many of you are anxious to have access to these materials and I appreciate your patience! If you have any requests, please don't hesitate to let me know at carl1404@msn.com

Most early attempts at literacy start out as barely recognizable drawings and doodles. Until children have learned to perceive the attributes and characteristics of letters, they will continue to use and confuse them. On this page you will find research based activities to use at home or in your classroom. Most of the activities are geared toward kindergarten and first grade, but I have found that they helped older children who had already learned to write in their primary language: Arabic! 

 

 

 

 

 

Working on My Letters with AlphaToons CD Sets

    

AlphaToons is a full color reproducible teaching unit CD Set. Preschool and primary teachers will love to teach the alphabet and beginning sounds using this all new CD Set.  All new artwork from Ron Leishman of toonaday.com/toonclipart.com. Available on December 1st.

The AlphaToons Readers and Big Books CD has at least one reader for each letter of the alphabet, mini books for each, 2 sets of big books and pocket chart activities.

  

  

The AlphaToons Practice Pages CD has handwriting, Match and Color, Trace and Write Cards, Color, Cut and Paste, Mini books for writing, Following Directions, Circle and Write, Cut and Paste, How Many Do You Hear? (Syllables) and Where's That Sound?

     

  

The AlphaToons Songbooks CDs (2) have over 50 pages of print ready songs and poems.

     

The AlphaToons Puzzles and Games for Independent Practice CD includes Letter Lotto, Partner Puzzles, Skill Wheels, Snap That Sound, Picture Puzzles, ABC Fish, Dominoes, and much, much more!

The AlphaToons for the Teacher CD has charts, Toon Tickets, Link a Letter Posters, Power Point Presentation, the AlphaToon Card Set, Picture Perfect Alphabet, Center Suggestions and Signs, Word Posters and more.

    

Proceeds from the sales of this CD are dedicated to maintaining a scholarship fund and to support the growth of literacy for children and teachers.  International shipping costs will have to be calculated at the time of purchase.

 AlphaToons Readers and Big Books CD

Price: $19.95

AlphaToons Practice Pages

Price: $12.95

AlphaToons Songs and Poems

$12.95

AlphaToons Puzzles and Games for Independent Practice

$15.95

AlphaToons for the Teacher

$12.95

Working on My Letters with AlphaToons (Set of 5 CDs)

Price: $55.95

 

 

 

 

 

Easy as ABC! CD

      

The Alphabet CD contains  hundreds of pages of games, alphabet readers with pocket chart words and pictures, games, puzzles, sorting activities, handwriting, mini books, word cards, shape books, songs and poems, activity packets for individual consonants and an alphabet chart.

Samples of Activity Packets

         

           

       

          

   

ABC CD
Price: $24.95

 

 

 

 

 

What does research say?


I retired from teaching in the Language Arts Specialist program at UCSD,in June, 2009, and still have many of the materials that I created for my students. Please feel free to use these for staff development at your site and/or for parent education.

Alphabet Knowledge
(PowerPoint Presentation)

Alphabet Knowledge Handout
 

How to Teach Alphabetic Awareness to Struggling Readers

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Reading

I would strongly recommend that teachers read two excellent sources for a better understanding of letter identification in young children. Please note that I didn't say letter "recognition."  There's a big difference! Recognition implies automaticity or "knowing" without having to think about it. We recognize our names, but we would have to "identify" unfamiliar and unknown words. The same holds true for children who are just beginning to explore the world of print. They often recognize many of the letters in their own names, but have to work hard to learn to identify unfamiliar letters. Lecture over. Here are the two book titles:

Clay, Marie (1993). Reading Recovery: A Guidebook for Teachers in Training. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (Pages 23-28, and 55-56 discuss learning to look at print with concrete suggestions for the teacher, particularly for children who seem to have difficulty with remembering letter names.)

Dorn, Linda, French, Cathy, and Jones, Tammy (1998). Apprenticeship in Literacy: Transitions Across Reading and Writing. York, Maine: Stenhouse. (Pages 92-95 discuss multiple ways of learning about print and pages 111-114 describe a literacy corner for exploring letters.)

 

 

 

 

 

Shared Reading of the Alphabet Chart

Click on the above link to download a list of alternatives for reading the ABC chart. This develops stronger perception and encourages children to take a more critical look at the letters of the alphabet. Mount your chart on vellum, laminate and keep it handy near your shared reading area.

Purpose: To provide children with a special set of cues that can be used during reading and writing activities.

Materials: Use a large ABC chart for shared reading in the group. Reduce the chart (or download the Alphabet Chart from this page) and place a copy in each child's writing folder to be used as a personal resource during journal writing.

Collect a large variety of quality ABC books to use for read-alouds and shared reading. Read one a day, particularly at the beginning of the year. Cover some of the letters with Post-its and ask children for predictions before removing the stickers. Share a variety of ABC books with your child or group to promote flexible knowledge about letters and sounds.

A student-generated big book of the Alphabet with letters and picture cues may also be used for shared reading activities.

Procedures: Gather the children around or in front of the large ABC Chart. Point to each letter (upper and lower case) and each picture and you lead the children in a shared reading of the chart. Read the letters fluently and pause at appropriate points to allow the children to lead the reading of the letters or to say the pictured cues. Read the chart daily until your child or group is able to read the chart independently. The chart soon becomes a familiar resource for associating letter and sound cues during reading and writing events.

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Deal
(Alphabetizing Flash Cards)

My first grade team had a flexible way of having their students practice alphabetical order. We purchased multiple sets of colorful sight word flash cards that are produced by several publishers. The picture is on one side and the word on the other. (We laminated them for durability.) Each child was given 5-10 cards each day to alphabetize as part of their daily seatwork during reading groups. It was a good way to practice alphabetizing while reinforcing sight word vocabulary at the same time. You can differentiate the activity by raising the bar for some students with alphabetizing to the second and third letter. Struggling students or children with poor fine motor skills only had 5 cards each day and none began with the same letter. We encouraged the children to look at the alphabet line on their desks or the one on the wall. Before they copied the words onto a paper, they had a predetermined buddy/parent helper, etc. check them. It was painless that way since they could just rearrange the cards if needed. It can be used as a portable center since they can do it on the floor or on the top of their desks.

Some teachers sort the cards into 3 groups and put them into color coded, numbered envelopes. It's easy to keep track of who completes each envelope. Just copy a class or group list and put it on the front of the envelope. Kids can circle or check their name upon completion. It's good to have the whole alphabet in front of them or available for reference. You'll hear some at-risk students singing the alphabet song as they work on this activity! I love it!

This is a good lead-in to using the dictionary. If your kids have personal writing dictionaries, have them add new words during your guided reading or skill lessons. Ask them where they will find the first letter of the word: at the beginning, middle, or end of the alphabet and refer to your alphabet chart. This will quickly eliminate turning countless pages while looking for the right letter!

 

 

 

 

 

My Little Book of Words for Writing

This is a handy little reference book that is meant to support early and emergent readers and writers. It contains Dr. Edward Fry's first three hundred high frequency words. Each letter of the alphabet has its own page with a colorful graphic that serves as an anchor for the sound. I would suggest laminating the cover and then binding the book at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

Ways of Learning the Alphabet

Check Linda Dorn's book, Apprenticeship in Literacy,  page 93, for a discussion of looking at letters and concrete suggestions which include looking at:   
          
The name of the letter
Show your child a letter card and ask him/her to tell you the name of the letter.

The  way the letter looks
Talk about the shape of the letter. What is the composition of the letter . . . circles, sticks, tails, etc.?

The sound the letter makes
Show your child a letter card and ask him/her to make the sound that the letter produces. Remember that each vowel makes two sounds.

The feel and look of the letter in our mouths (look in a mirror)

Focus on the pronunciation of the letter and the production of the sound. Where is the tongue, and what is it doing? Where are your teeth? (It helps to look in a mirror for this exercise.) I purchased a round makeup mirror with a stand at the local drugstore for this purpose. It was easy for children to handle, easy to store and the magnified side is great.


The movement of the letter as it is written (talk it through in steps)
Talk through the method of producing the letter in printed form.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Word Bird 
(Lyric: Cherry Carl       Tune: It¡¯s a Small World")
 

Mrs. Word Bird wants to eat.
Fill her tummy with a treat.
Look for pictures here and there ¨C
Under every chair!

Look for bathtub and bacon and butterfly,
You¡¯ll find baby and books if you really try.
There is block, boat and bee,
This is fun you¡¯ll agree.
If you¡¯ll find just one for B.

Variation: other verses to follow for other letter sounds.    
Reproducible Copy with Picture

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Flip Books

All Aboard for ABCs

           

 

AlphaToons Chart

ABC Menu for Literacy Centers

 

Handwriting Activity

This page is a black-line reproducible for K-1 teachers. It includes the head, belt, and foot line. You'll need to add the word or letters that you'd like the children to trace. We've used it successfully with kindergarten students who were not writing their names when school started.

 

Promoting Knowledge
of Letters and Words

This page contains lecture notes from an Apprenticeship in Literacy seminar with Linda Dorn. An explicit discussion of activities to support instruction in primary classrooms is included.

 

Letter Lotto

Download and print the playing cards, mount on vellum, and laminate for use. This lotto game comes in two formats: one to review beginning consonant sounds and the other for letter recognition. Comes with directions for playing and enough cards for six children.

 

 

 

 

Sequence With a Smile

Use the graphic on the link for sequencing activities (number order, alphabetical order, story sequence, etc.)  Allow students to work collaboratively if needed.

 

Accountability Piece: Duplicate the recording sheet so that children can show the work they accomplished during center time. You may want to assemble the recording sheets in a sequencing log.

 

Option: Use the graphic as a template. Fill in some of the boxes. Laminate and allow the children to use wipe off pens or place in sheet protectors. Make a transparency and use in the overhead projector center.   

 

 

My Phonics Sticker Book


When you reproduce this book, you'll need to cut the pages into fourths, collate and bind. Print as many as you need for a group and use with alphabet stickers below. Students can "read' their sticker book, saying the name of the picture and the capital and lower case letters while pointing. This builds 1 to 1 and provides an anchor for automaticity in letter recognition.

 

 

Alphabet Stickers

Use with the Phonics Sticker Book above or in your instructional program if you're a reading teacher. Use laser labels (Avery Dennison #5260 or MACO #ML-3025), thirty labels per sheet, 1" x 2 5/8". Some teachers prefer that children draw their own pictures, but emergent readers rarely remember what it was they drew. This method produces a colorful book to read again and again. 

 

 

Alphabet Trace and Write
Lower Case Set
Capital Set

Lower Case Modern Set
Capital Modern Set

(sample)

 

    Alphabet Mixed
Review Set

 

 

Alphabet Matching
Set

(Sample)

 

Long and Short A Concentration

 

Color, Cut and Paste Zip File Set 

Writing Fine Motor Skill Activities
Zip File Set

 
(samples: 2 of 11)

 

 

I've Been Working On My Letters
(Song)

 

Alphabet Workmat Set
 

 

 

 

Alphabet Following Directions Set

 

 

Snap That Sound!
Beginning Consonant Sounds

 

Alphabet Word Wheel Set


 

 

Alphabet Match and Color Set

 

 

Alphabet Find and Color
Set

 

 

ABC Where's That Sound?

 

 

Alphabet Song Collection
(27 pages)
 

 

 

 

Alphabet Peekover Flip Books
Zip File Set
 
      
 

 

 

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Alphabet Activities and Worksheets

ABC Activities and Books
for Beginning Readers

 

 

Awesome Alphabet Links

 

 

Animal Food Recipe Link: 
http://members.tripod.com/AngieCooks/kids/AnimalFood.html

  Astronaut Pudding Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe157.html

Ants on a Log Recipe Link: 
http://www.weekiwis.com/ants.html

Ants in the Sand Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/00/rec0060.html

Link to Literactive Aa handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_05.pdf

Link to Animal Fair Song: http://www.smart-central.com/animalfair.htm

 

 

Banana Bumpy Recipe Link:
http://www.abc.net.au/children/play/make/recipes/banbumpy.htm

Bugs and Dirt Recipe Link: 
http://chefmom.myria.com/recipebox/recipes/824.htm

Link to Literactive Bb Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_06.pdf

Link to Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Song:
http://www.smart-central.com/animalfair.htm 

 

 

Peanut Butter Clay Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/peanut-butter-clay1.html

Peanut Butter Caterpillars Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/pb-caterpillars1.html

Link to Literactive Cc Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_07.pdf

 

 

Dandy Candy Whirl Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe13.html

Dirt Cups Recipe Link:
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/dirt-cups1.html

Link to Literactive Ee Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_08.pdf

Link to Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling Song:
http://www.smart-central.com/My_Son_John.html 

 

 

Link to Literactive Ee Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_09.pd

Link to Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Moe Poem:
http://www.smart-central.com/eeney.htm

 

 

Flutternutter Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe134.html

Face Crackers Recipe Link: 
http://www.abc.net.au/children/play/make/recipes/facecrackers.htm

Link to Literactive Ff Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_10.pdf

Link to Five Little Speckled Frogs:  http://www.smart-central.com/frogs.htm 

 

 

Link to Literactive Gg Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_11.pdf

Link to Go In and Out the Window Song:
http://www.smart-central.com/goinandout.htm 

 

 

Honey Crispies Recipe Link: 
http://chefmom.myria.com/recipebox/recipes/823.htm

Link to Literactive Hh Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_12.pdf

Link to Hokey Pokey Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/hokey.htm

Link to Humpty Dumpty Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/humpty_dumpty.htm

Link to Hot Cross Buns Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/hotcross.htm

 

 

Link to Literactive Ii Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_13.pdf

Link to If You're Happy and You Know It:
http://www.smart-central.com/ifyourehappy.htm 

 

 

Link to Literactive Jj Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_14.pdf

Link to jack and Jill Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/Jack_and_Jill.html 

 

 

Link to Literactive Kk Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_15.pdf

 

Link to Literactive Ll Handwriting Font: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_16.pdf

Link to Looby Loo Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/looby.htm

 

 

Link to Literactive Mm Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_17.pdf

Link to the Muffin Man Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/muffinman.htm 

 

 

Link to Literactive Nn Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_18.pdf

 

Link to Literactive Oo Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_19.pdf

Link to Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be Song:
http://www.smart-central.com/ohdear.htm 

 

 

Playdough (Edible) Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/edible-play-dough1.html

Link to Literactive Pp Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_20.pdf

Link to Paw Paw Patch Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/pawpaw.htm

Link to Polly Wolly Doodle Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/pollywolly.htm

Link to Pease Porridge Song: http://www.smart-central.com/pease.htm

 

 

Quick Snack Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe80.html

Link to Literactive Qq Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_21.pdf

Link to The Queen of Hearts: http://www.smart-central.com/queenofhearts.htm

 

 

Rudolph Sandwiches Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/00/rec0075.html

Link to Literactive Rr Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_22.pdf

Link to Row Your Boat Song:  http://www.smart-central.com/RowRow.htm 

 

 

Cinnamon Snails Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe163.html
 (You'd have to make these at home before school, but they're too good to believe. The kids love them!)

Spider Pretzels Recipe Link: 
http://www.weekiwis.com/spider.html

Link to Literactive Ss Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_23.pdf

Link to Sing a Song of Sixpence Song:
http://www.smart-central.com/Sing_Song_Sixpence.html 

 

 

Teddy Bear Sundaes Recipe Link:
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/teddy-bear-sundaes1.html

Peanut Butter Turtles Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/00/rec0015.html

Link to Literactive Tt Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_24.pdf

Link to Twinkle, Twinkle Song: http://www.smart-central.com/TwinkleStar.htm

 

 

Link to Literactive Uu Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_25.pdf

 

 

Link to Literactive Vv Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_26.pdf

 

 

Walking Safari Salad Recipe Link: 
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/childrecipe/childrecipe168.html

Link to Literactive Ww Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_27.pdf

 

 

Link to Literactive Xx Handwriting:  
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_28.pdf

 

 

Link to Literactive Yy Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_29.pdf

 

 

Link to Literactive Zz Handwriting: 
http://www.literactive.com/Download/work_files/ABC_US_30.pdf

 

 

 

More Web Sites For Teachers

Click on the following site to link to other excellent sites for teachers:
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/perl/rankem.pcgi?id=ccarl

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