Teaching literacy skills is one of my favourite things to teach. Making learning fun and engaging brings joy to my students, and I love that! Many of these activities can be printed ahead and used with students in distance learning!
Letter Identification & Printing
Bingo is often my student’s favorite activity to learn. Why? I don’t know. They just have pure pleasure filling their board! No matter what BINGO game we play, our focus is to have fun and teach the concepts on their cards. We also focus on ordinal numbers.
Letter BINGO is also a good small group activity. I usually have no more than 6 kids participate in small group instruction for playing this activity. This allows me to focus and assess what each student knows.
Upper/Lower Case Matching
I also like supporting students knowledge of upper and lower case letters. The cut and paste activity shown in the image above shows the activity that I use.
Alphabet Letter Formation
Each child gets their own alphabet book to practice letter formation. I love that these booklets can be reused as often as I need them to be.
I print out a full booklet for each child who is learning their letters. I love that when I print one set, I am technically making two books at one time.
When we learn a particular letter, the student trace it in their book to reinforce how the letter is supposed to look like. Each time, students trace the letter using 3-4 colors and we reuse new colors the next time we trace it if needed.
Alphabet Order Activities
Providing a half finished alphabet for students to fill in the missing letters using magnets is a fun way for kids to show they know the letter order of the alphabet!
Building the Alphabet
Locating and matching identical magnetic letters in alphabetical order is a perfect activity for students to be able to build the alphabet and to do so in a left to right, top to bottom progression! This has been a staple activity in my class for 10 years and is always been a successful way for students to learn to sing the alphabet and learn to match letters
Solidifying students knowledge of sounds I love providing students with random letters a few at a time and have them sound it out. Then, they need to find the object on the page that starts with the same sound!