Alphabet Learning Center Activities Kit


This Practical resource gives primary teachers a collection of stimulating, tested learning center activities to teach and reinforce alphabet letters and their sounds. Helps children identify and spell words with ease!
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This Practical resource gives primary teachers a collection of stimulating, tested learning center activities to teach and reinforce alphabet letters and their sounds. Helps children identify and spell words with ease!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130858788
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/23/1999
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Fetzer is a District Literacy trainer and Title One Facilitator for the Naranca School District (El Cajon, CA).? She has an extensive background in general and special education, including reading recovery teacher and resource specialist.? She has co-authored and co-produced two educational videos:? Successful Classroom and Successful Schools.

Sandra F. Rief has been teaching in public schools for over 23 years, and is a mentor emeritus in her school district (San Diego Unified).? She is the author of How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children (CARE, 1993) and THE ADD/ADHD Checklist:? An Easy Reference for Parents & Teachers (Prentice Hall, 1998).? She is currently serving as a consultant with the New York City Public Schools.

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Table of Contents


How This Kit Will Help You.

SECTION 1: Phonemic Awareness.

The Holder & Fastie Alphabet.

ABC Tubbing Activities.

Letter of the Week.

Word Warm-Ups.

Shared Reading.

Modeled Writing.

Take-Home Activities.

Additional Phonemic Awareness Activities.

SECTION 2: The Holder & Fastie Alphabet.

A?Z: How to Present and Teach the Letters and Sounds of the Alphabet.

Visual Features of the Charts.

Other Important Features of the Alphabet Boxes.

Symbol Guide for Instructors.

Other Important.

What Else Do You Need to Know Before Getting Started?

The Holder & Fastie Alphabet from A?Z.

Spanish Version Holder & Fastie Letter/Sounds.

A Handy, Easy Reference for Consonant Digraphs, Blends, and "Expert Words".

Reproducibles: English Holder & Fastie Alphabet Chart, Spanish Holder & Fastie Alphabet Chart.

SECTION 3: Alphabet "Tubbing" Activities for Learning Centers.Materials You Need.

Suggested Teaching Points for Upper-Grade Tutors or Other Assistants.

3-1. ABC Pocket Books.

3-2. ABC Button Up.

3-3. ABC Velcro? Match (or Match Us Up).

3-4. ABC Pencils.

3-5. ABC Sock Clothesline.

3-6. ABC Apron.

3-7. Alphabet Tablecloth.

3-8. Alpha File.

3-9. ABC Purses.

3-10. Alphabet Fishing.

3-11. ABC Jewelry Boxes.

3-12. ABC Sort & Match.

3-12A. Chinese Take-Out Food.

3-12B. ABC Milk Carton.

3-12C. ABC Mini-Pockets.

3-12D. ABC Pocket Chart.

3-12E. Plastic Tubs.

3-12F. ABC Plastic Tackle Box.

3-13. ABC Mystery Can.

3-14. ABC Food & Plates.

3-15. ABC Silverware.

3-16. ABC Sound Sticks.

3-17. Sound Puzzles.

3-18. ABC Egg Twist.

3-19. ABC Clothespins.

3-20. Holder & Fastie Chart Match-Up.

3-21. ABC Bingo.

3-22. ABC Circles.

3-23. ABC Picture Sort.

3-24. Alphabet Book.

3-24A. ABC Library Book Center.

3-24B. Class Letter Books.

3-24C. Holder & Fastie Book/Listening Center.

Reproducibles: Tub Labels, Blackline Master for Alpha File, ABC Clothespin Construction Pictures, ABC Picture Sort Cards.

SECTION 4: Teaching the "Letter of the Week".

Monday Rotation.

My Rainbow Letter Book, Home Practice.

Reproducible: Parent Letter.

"Letter of the Week" Class Book.

Presenting Each Daily Page, Sequence of Introducing the "Letter of the Week", Other Activities for Teaching and Reinforcing the "Letter of the Week".

Reproducibles: My Rainbow Letter Book, A to Z.

SECTION 5: Reading: Developing Strategy-Oriented Activities for Beginning Readers.

How to Model Good Reading Behavior to Emergent Readers.

Read-Aloud, Shared Reading.

Reproducibles: Picture Box Sequencing, Butcher Paper Mapping, First Day of Kindergarten, I Can Read Book.

Guided Reading at the Emergent Level.

Initial Stage for Teaching Beginning Reading Behaviors, The Reading (Story) Folder, Guided Reading with Unseen Text.

Good Reader Buddies-Cueing System Prompts and Reference.

Reproducibles: Color Books).

SECTION 6: Writing: Developing Strategy-Oriented Activities for Beginning Writers.

Modeled Writing.

Generating and Writing the Sentences, Involving Students During the First Step of the Modeled Writing Process, Locating and Circling Information in the Text.

Guided Writing.

Teaching the "Writing Position", Teaching Spacing, Preparing for Journal Groups, What Happens First During a Journal Writing Group?, What Happens Next?, Working with Experienced Writers, Working with Middle/Average-Performing Writers, Working with Beginner (Inexperienced) Writers, What About Spelling?, Publishing Journal Stories, Keeping a Record/Portfolio of Published Books.

Reproducibles: My Journal, Published Book Master, My Published Stories, Happy Notes, Prompts for Writing.

Higher-Order Thinking Prompts for Writing.

Independent Writing Activities with Real-Life Emphasis.

Post Office, Home Center, Grocery Store, Doctor's Office, Restaurant, Thematic Center, Science Center , Dollhouse Center, Happy Note Board, Art Area, V.I.P. Book of the Week.

SECTION 7: Home-School Partnership: Getting Parents Involved.

Parent Communication Bulletin Board.

The Read-at-Home "Bookbag" Program.

Reading Comprehension Bookmark.

Phonemic Awareness Home Activities.

The Rhyme Game, The Sound Game (Penny Slide), What's That Sound?, Alphabet Card Decks and Activities.

ABC Picture Book.

Reading Folder Introduction.

Book-Handling Skills and Reading Process Cues.

Parent Workshops.

Reproducibles: Parent Communications Board, Weekly News, Monthly Calendar Sample, Monthly Calendar Master , Food Sign-Up Sheet Sample, Food Sign-Up Sheet Master, Classroom Volunteers Sample, Classroom Volunteers Master, Take-Home Sign-Up Master, Tub Labels , Letter to Parents, Bookmarks , The Rhyme Game, The Sound Game, What's That Sound?, Holder & Fastie Alphabet Deck Cards, Parent Letters.


Appendix 1: Spatial Anchors and Supports.

Appendix 2: Alphabet Lists (Objects, Actions, and Foods).

Appendix 3: Strategies for Teaching High-Frequency ("Expert") Words.

Appendix 4: Tactile Strategies.

Appendix 5: Reading, Writing, and Learning Positions.

Appendix 6: Verbal Prompts for Alphabet Letter Formation.

Appendix 7: Teaching Consonant Digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh, ph) and Inflectional Ending "ing".

Appendix 8: Spanish Holder & Fastie Alphabet.

Reproducibles: Teacher Chart Cards, Spanish Holder & Fastie Alphabet Chart.

Appendix 9: English Holder & Fastie Alphabet.

Reproducibles: Teacher Chart Cards, Listening Center/Wall-Size Cards, Full-Color Holder & Fastie Alphabet.

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