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Teachers Network: Adaptor Grants: The Kid Alphabet
Adapted By:
Pat Copp


Pat Copp has been a primary teacher for 26 years. Pat often works with students who are English language learners or students at high risk who have no educational experiences before entering 1st grade.

P.S. 35
Bronx, NY
Principal:
Graciela Navarro

Modifications


My first grade students would profit from a tactical project, so we drew appropriate pictures. Some students looked through phonics cards, picture dictionaries, and library books. Some children made their pictures from their own imagination. They used wikki-stix to form their letters.

Instructional Objectives


Students will:

  • Sift through useful materials
  • Form the letters of the alphabet using a multi-sensory approach to increase retention
  • Practice and improve fine motor skills

Technology Integration


The children used a digital camera to take pictures of their finished pages. When the children saw e-book presentations on the computer they were motivated to create their own class e-book


Assessment


I was able to observe children as they used reference materials, concentrated on correctly forming the letters (alphabet familiarity and fine motor skills). After making the e-book, the children were more enthusiastic about alphabet activities; they showed increased retention using 1:1 evaluations.


Tips for Teachers


Start early in the year and make e-books when it is feasible. Make sure you can work with a group because 1:1 takes too long. As always, try the activity yourself first to make sure you know the technology.


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