Classroom Activities

Alphabet Letter Book
Computer
Dramatic Play
Games and Puzzels
Letter Game
Letter Search
Letter Shape Story
Library
Listening Center
Math Their Way Calendar
McCracken Phonics 1st Grade
McCracken Phonics Kindergarten
Mystery Box
Painting Center
Paper Bag Puppet
Read the Room
Straw Puppet and Poem Practice
Tactile Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Letter Book

Activity Objective: Students will apply their letter/sound knowledge by locating pictures beginning with a target letter sound.

Activity Description: Students are provided with various printed materials which include pictures of items beginning with the target letter. Students locate the appropriate pictures and glue them onto construction paper labeled with the target letter. The students then assist the teacher in correctly labeling each picture.

Standards: WA 1.14 WA 1.18

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Computer

Activity Objective (s): reinforce previously learned skills and concepts, follow directions, apply rules, gain keyboard facility, practice mouse skills, develop awareness of computer processes.

Activity Materials: computers, software, graphic organizers (when applicable)

Activity Description: Students work independently or in pairs with programs that address a variety of skills and abilities. Students also use computers to publish writing products completed at other centers.

Standards: Varies depending upon program

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Dramatic Play

Activity Objective (s): role-play real-life situations, release emotions, practice expressive language, develop social skills, develop creative expression, retell stories, dramatize learned information, practice use of appropriate voice levels

Activity Materials: Puppets, Stuffed Animals, Plastic characters and scenes, Flannel board characters and scenes.

Activity Description: Using the above material of their choice, students dramatize learned stories or information, or scenes from their imagination.


Standards: SA 2.2 SA 2.3 RC 2.3 RC 2.4 LSS 1.2 SBCUSD ELD4

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Games and Puzzels

Activity Objective (s): Reinforce previously learned skills or concepts, follow directions, apply rules, make social and procedural decisions.


Activity Materials: Variety of games and puzzles


Activity Description: Students choose a game or puzzle from the available supply, follow the directions or rules, decide how and with whom to play, and play to conclusion.


Standards: Varies depending upon game or puzzle

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Letter Game

Activity Objective: Students will practice a target letter's sound and identify vocabulary words that begin with the target letter. Students practice using pencils, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, and other fine motor tools.

Activity Description: After playing a sample of the target letter game, students follow oral directions to make a copy of the game which they will play at home. The game includes vocabulary pictures of items which begin with the target letter's sound as well as examples of both the upper and lower case letter shape.

Standards: WA 1.6 WA 1.11 WA 1.14 LSS 1.1 ELD (B.1.1.a B.1.1.b B.1.1.c EI.1.1.a EI.1.1.b)

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Letter Search

Activity Objective: Students will practice letter formation and learn to identify letter forms as the occur in a variety of print types.

Activity Materials: clipboards, blank paper, pencils, print from around the room.

Activity Description: Students move around the room looking for the target letter as it appears around the room on posters, books, student work etc. When they locate the target letter they record it on their paper. If the located letter was a capital, they will record it as a captial letter. If the located letter was a lower case they will record it as a lower case letter.

Standards: WA 1.14 WA 1.18

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Letter Shape Story (Comprehension Assessment)

Activity Objective: Students will develop fine motor skills, communicate using pictures, and use comprehension strategies.

Activity Description: After viewing a story, students use die cut shapes and various colors of construction paper, scissors, and glue to construct a collage picture that illustrates a part of the story. Students answer a comprehension question related to the story.

Standards: WA 1.11 WA 1.6 WA 1.14 SA 2.3 WOELC 1.2 SBCUSD W1 WS 1.1 WS 1.2 WS 1.3 SBCUSD W5

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Library

Activity Objective (s): spend time reading, choose appropriate material for reading, listening to others read, reacting orally to a book, improve reading strategies, read a variety of genres.

Activity Materials: Library Books

Activity Description: Students choose books from those available in the library to read to themselves, or with a partner. Students share orally their views about the book.

Standards: WA 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 1.7, 1.8, RC2.1, 2.2

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Listening Center

Activity Objective (s): listen to modeled expressive reading, develop concepts of print, write in complete sentences, react in writing to a book, draw in response to writing, develop invented spelling strategies

Activity Materials: Cassette player, Headphones, Books and corresponding tapes, Writing/Illustrating paper, Pencils, Crayons

Activity Description: Students listen to the recorded story and follow along in the corresponding book. After listening to the story, students write a complete statement about their favorite part of the story. They then illustrate their statement. Upon completion of the writing and illustrating, the students meet with the teacher to edit their writing.

Standards: RC 2.2 RC 2.4 LRA 3.3 WS 1.1 WS 1.2 WS 1.3 SBCUSD W5

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McCracken Phonics Kindergarten


Activity Objective: Introduce and practice letter-sound correspondence, practice listening for, identifying, and locating the position of individual letter sounds within words.


Activity Materials: Clip boards, McCracken boards (laminated tag board divided into four boxes on one side and with one horizontal line on the other), crayons, rag erasers


Activity Procedure: Target Letter Practice: (On the side with the single horizontal line). The students practice making the capital target letter while producing it's sound. Below the line they practice making the lower case target letter while producing it's sound.


Isolated Phoneme Practice: (On the side of the board with four boxes). The teacher produces an isolated phoneme and asks the students to write the corresponding letter in one of the boxes.


Initial Phoneme Practice: (On the side of the board with four boxes). The teacher produces a word and asks the students to listen for the initial sound. The students then write the corresponding letter in one of the boxes.


Final Phoneme Practice: (On the side of the board with four boxes). The teacher produces a word and asks the students to listen for the final sound. The students then write the corresponding letter in one of the boxes.


Word Practice: (On the side with the horizontal line). The teacher produces a word. The students count how many sounds they hear in the word and draw that number of lines. The students write a letter(s) on each line to represent the sound they heard.

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Mc Cracken Phonics 1st Grade

Activity Objective: Introduce and practice letter-sound correspondance, practice listening for and locating the position of individual letter sounds within words.

Activity Materials: Clip boards, McCracken boards (laminated tag board divided into four boxes on either side), crayons.

Activity Procedure: On days a letter is introduced, the students put their boards on the side with three lines in each box. The teacher discusses the letter and the sound it makes, making sure the students focus on what their face looks like when they make the sound. The teacher models how to correctly form the letter using the rolling white board. The student's make 6 upper case and 6 lower case letters as they make the correct letter sound. As the teacher collects the crayons from each student and gives them a sock to erase with, they ask each student to make the target letter sound.

On days a letter is practiced, the students put their boards on the side with two lines. The teacher says a word with the target sound either at the beginning, end or both beginning and end of the word. The students are to write the letter on the first line if the word starts with that letter, the last line if it ends with the letter, or on both lines if the word begins and ends with the target letter. As the crayons are collected and the socks passed out, students are asked to make one of the sounds that have been taught so far. Those letters are pinned up in the window.

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Math Their Way Calendar

Activity Objectives: Acquire and apply mathematical concepts and knowledge in a real world manner.

Activity Procedure:

Weather Graph: Students count the types of weather for the current month, identify the day's weather and form statements about the graph using more, less, and equal. Students compare weather over time.

Calendar: Students form statements for yesterday was, today is, and tomorrow will be; use ordinal and cardinal numbers to determine the current date, identify the days of the week and the months of the year, identify various patterns, and discuss the purpose of the calendar.

Straw Count: Students 'read' the number showing how many days they have been in school, count by tens and ones, add one more, identify and describe how to write a number based upon place value.

Coins: Students identify the names and values of coins, and add one more.

100 Day Train: Students identify what comes next in an AB color pattern, identify and count by tens.

Boy-Girl Number Line: Students identify the next character in an ABCDE character pattern and rote count by ones.

Target Skill: Students practice a targeted math skill (ie sorting, addition, subtraction) that will be transfered to a center activity in the following weeks.

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Mystery Box

Activity Objective: Students will identify vocabulary items beginning with the target letter sound from verbal descriptions of what they look like or how they are used and/or by tactile clues. Students will use descriptive language to provide clues in order to identify the described item.

Activity Description: Various items beginning with the target letter are placed in the Mystery Box. Initially the items are described by their appearance and/or use by the teacher. The students attempt to identify each item by the description. During independent work times the students place their hand inside the Mystery Box and attempt to identify the items by their feel. On Friday an item from the Mystery Box is placed in the question box. Students form questions about the item to help identify it. After four questions have been asked and answered, the students can ask a question which identifies the item.

Standards: WA 1.11 WA 1.17 WA 1.18 SA 2.1

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Painting Center

Activity Objective (s): creative thinking, creative expression, fine motor development, abstract thinking and visualization, completing tasks, decision making, paint in response to writing, write in response to painting

Activity Materials: paint paper, paint

Activity Description: Students paint pictures and then orally describe the painting or tell a story about the painting.

Standards: WOELC 1.0, LS 2.3, VA 2.0

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Paper Bag Puppet

Activity Objective: Students will practice the target letter sound and develop their fine motor skills.

Activity Description: Students color the parts of a character which begins with the target letter sound. They cut out the parts and glue them onto a paper bag. They use the puppet to find and record items around the room that begin with the target letter.

Standards: WA 1.11 WA 1.14

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Read The Room

Activity Objective (s): developing vocabulary, improving reading strategies, letter recognition, sound, symbol awareness, conventions of print.

Activity Materials: Pointer Stick, Printed materials around the room.

Activity Description: Student moves about the room reading printed charts, posters, samples of shared, interactive, and modeled writing, word walls, and posted student written work.

Standards: WA 1.2 WA 1.12

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Straw Puppet and Poem Practice

Activity Objective: Students will develop fine motor skills, practice the target letter sound, and practice poem recitation.

Activity Description: Students use crayons or colored pencils to color the character from the current week's letter poem. The students then cut out the character and tape a straw on the back. The straw puppet is then used when reciting the current week's letter poem.

Standards: WA 1.11 WA 1.14 SA 2.2

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Tactile Letter

Activity Objective: Students will become aware of a target letter's capital and lower case shape as well as reinforcing the target letter's sound. Students will practice fine motor skills using various manipulatives.

Activity Description: The students glue a material that begins with the target letter's sound onto both an upper and lower case outline of the target letter. Example: Students glue beans onto an outline of an upper and lower case B.

Standards: WA 1.6 WA 1.14

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