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Vowels part2

Vowels part2

This lesson is designed to demonstrate a fun way to teach children about...
Vowels part 1

Vowels part 1

This lesson is designed to demonstrate a fun way to teach children about...
Alphabet Chant

Alphabet Chant

Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas To aid in stand letter recognition, we play a game where we have a call out and echo pattern between the teacher and students. This Alphabet Chant is an activity I like to use “student teachers” for and let...
Word Families: -ag and -am

Word Families: -ag and -am

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Word families are made up of words that end in the same sound. In this video, the teacher reviews one way she teaches the -ag and -am word...
Activity and Worksheet for Learning Letters

Activity and Worksheet for Learning Letters

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students use a worksheet to learn about a new letter. In this video, the class learns about the letter “x” together, sounding it out, making its shape, and choosing pictures that...
Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses this activity to show students the difference between a word and a letter. In this activity the “hungry;” only likes to eat the “fish with words;” so the students...
Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video explains the stages of how young children hold writing tools and how to help them. To write and draw well, children need to learn how to hold a crayon, pencil or pen with a three-finger grip. If a...
Teaching a Letter and its Sounds

Teaching a Letter and its Sounds

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video shows one way to teach letters and sounds, using “x” — a letter that breaks the rules! The students learn that it usually makes the /ks/ sound, but it can also sound like /z/ in...
Sounds of a Letter with Everyday Objects

Sounds of a Letter with Everyday Objects

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher focuses on one letter and the sounds that letter makes. Then, the teacher has the students identify and name some everyday objects. The students must then figure out which items begin with the...
Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Susan Ensz | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Using letter and animal picture cards, the teacher shows one way to teach letters and the sounds they make. This helps children learn to sound out and read simple...
A Song for Teaching Three-Letter Words

A Song for Teaching Three-Letter Words

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This song helps students learn simple, three-letter words. The teacher and students practice making the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of a word as well as the letters associated with those sounds, then...
Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, children learn to write their names. The teacher reviews basic lines and shapes, demonstrating how they are combined to create the letters used to spell their...
Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Dana Barrientos | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses pre-made shapes to show how the lines of letter are written. In this example, she asks if the lines of the letter “y” are straight, and the students answer that they are...
Letters of the Alphabet Song

Letters of the Alphabet Song

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students sing the “ABC Song” together as the teacher points at the letters. This fun activity helps young children learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet, say the letter...
Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is a fun, active way to teach letter sounds. The teacher leads students in learning the sounds the letter “C” makes using song, a rhythmic chant, body motions, and saying the sounds in...
Word Families Song

Word Families Song

Children can have fun, sing, dance, roar and learn about rhyming words and word families with Rhymin’ Lion. Word families (also known as phonograms or “chunks”) are groups of words that have a common feature or pattern. They have some of the same...
Song: Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels | AEIOU

Song: Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels | AEIOU

Children learn about and practice long and short vowel sounds while singing along to the tune of Old MacDonald. ******** “OLD MCDONALD HAD SOME VOWELS SONG LYRICS” Old McDonald had some vowels A-E-I-O-U And on his farm he had an A, AEIOU With an AA here,...
Sing and Trace ABC Video

Sing and Trace ABC Video

This alphabet song leads children through the sounds and shapes of letters in preparation for writing. Based on Montessori method, presenting the sounds and motions needed to write the most-used letters–lower case. If students don’t have printed cards,...
Word Family Blending

Word Family Blending

Blending onset and rime using several different gestures, songs, and chants. Note- letter displacement and word manipulation is being done predominantly in small group based on Words Their Way. I keep these questions fairly lower-level for whole group fast-paced...
How to Teach the Alphabet

How to Teach the Alphabet

Being able to name the letters in the alphabet is one of the critical predictors of reading success. Most people like to start with the alphabet song, but there are several different activities that you can use to teach your child the alphabet. I always like to use...