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Introducing the Letter C

Here are lots of good ideas from all over the place for introducing the letter C. Most of these activites use the across-the-curriculum approach. These ideas are not just for preschoolers, but can be used remedially for any level, and for teaching students whose first language is not English.



Lesson Ideas & Activities:

Play Hide the C. Cut a large, capital or lower case letter C out of poster board or construction paper. Hide the letter somewhere, either in the open and slightly camouflaged or near an object that would begin with the letter C. Let the child(ren) look for the letter. You can say getting warm as they get closer to finding the letter or you can clap faster or slower depending on how close they are to the letter.

Think of all the names that start with the letter C: Catherine, Cathy, Constance, Carrie, Clarice, Candace, Christopher, Carter, Cory, etc.

Pretend you are on a treasure hunt. Find things around the house that start with the letter C that could be the treasure.

Learn about cats. You could get a book(s) from the library or watch a Natural Geographic video.

Create your own book. You could make a picture book by letting them cut pictures of things that start with C out of magazines or they could draw their own pictures.

Go on a make believe trip to cities, countries or continents that begin with the letter C. Some examples could be Canada, Colorado, California, Cuba, Cades Cove (in Tennessee, USA), Cadiz (in Kentucky, USA), Cambridge (England), Cairo (Egypt), etc. You could find these on a globe or map, pretend to take an airplane trip there and then sample foods from that area or learn something new about that geographic area. This would be a great way to introduce geography and map skills. You could also watch a video or tv broadcast about that area. Check your local library for what’s available.

The the sign for the letter C in the American Sign Language. Here is a helpful site:
American Sign Language
a printable page for ASL

Make different kinds of homemade modeling clays. Some examples are:
Marzipan Clay
Frosting Clay
Sand Clay
Cheese Clay
Chocolate Fudge Clay


At this website there are so many activites that they are hard to keep track of. Mrs. Alphabet also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to. Mrs. Alphabet

You can color with crayons.

Have a crawling contest.

Make cardboard cars. Or play with plastic or Matchbox cars.

Make cloud pictures using cotton balls.

Letter Cc
Clocks
Colors of the Rainbow Theme
Chocolate Themes
Clothing Themes
Camping Themes
Cats Themes Creepy Crawlies Theme
Canada Theme
China Theme


Coloring Pages for C:

http://www.pbs.org/kids/sesame/html/c.html http://www.dltk-kids.com/alphabuddies/letter-c.html http://worksheets01.tripod.com/Color_C.html http://www.searsportrait.com/images/color_pages/color_letters/c.gif http://learningpage.com/free_pages/menu_basics/alpha_zaner.html http://www.learningplanet.com/parents/alphabet/c.gif http://www.alphabet-soup.net/dir6/c.jpg http://www.childfun.com/color/alpha/c.shtml http://www.clubhouse24.com/chb.htm http://freeworksheets.com/fws/sub_cat2.asp?cat=Ages3to6&sub_cat1=Letters http://www.angelfire.com/mn/cozycottage/signlang.html http://www.beginningreading.com/Flashcard_Cc.gif http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6459/abcbookbonus.html

Prepared Lesson Plans:

Alphabet Quilt
Animal Alphabet
Yummy ABC
Phonics
Cozy Cottage
Preschool Alphabet Games
Funzone
Cc Theme


Song:

This is an original song taken from the book Alphabet Puppets by Jill M. Coudron (p. 22). Sing to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

1. What can we do with our caterpillar?
What can we do with our caterpillar?
What can we do with our caterpillar?
Who has a cough and cold?

Chorus:

Cough, cough, coughing Curly
Cough, cough, coughing Curly
Cough, cough, coughing Curly
Coughing, crying, Curly

2. Curly wears a cap and cape
Curly wears a cap and cape
Curly wears a cap and cape
To keep from catching cold (chorus)

3. Curly likes to comb her curls
Curly likes to comb her curls
Curly likes to comb her curls
Cute, combing Curly. (chorus)

You can add actions to this song:
Cough: cover mouth with hand
Crying: rub eyes like you are crying
Comb: pretend to comb body


Check here for another song:
http://www.stairway.bc.ca/alphasongs/c.html

Snacks or Treats:

Carrots
Cocoa
Chocolate
Caramel
Cinnamon
Cereal
Cream
Crackers
Candy
Cookies
Cucumbers
Celery
Cashews
Cottage Cheese
Cranberry juice
Cornbread
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Cheese


Literature:

Dr. Suess’s A B C

Any book from the library on a Cc theme listed above would be a good addition.

Words: Check the ideas above for Cc words.

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