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Introducing the Letter A
Here are lots of good ideas from all over the place for introducing the letter A. 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:
· Let the children be actors and actresses. They can act out a simple story such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or one more difficult for older children.
· Discuss the word adventure. The children can either make up their own adventure stories, you could take an adventure walk, or read stories together such as Tom Sawyer or Hucklberry Finn.
· Play Hide the A. Cut a large, capital or lower case letter A 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 A. 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.
· Learn about animals. And make a list of animals that have antlers.
· Think of all the names that start with the letter A: Ann, Annie, Annabelle, Andy, Andrew, Anastasia, etc.
· Watch the movie Anastasia.
· For arts and crafts they can make their own aprons.
· Learn about ants. You can even have your own ant farm.
· Read There's Something In My Attic by Mercer Mayer. Pretend you are on a treasure hunt in the attic. Find things around the house that start with the letter A that could be the treasure in your attic.
· Make a game out of sneezing. The sound you make when you sneeze is achoo. You could list off some words and when they hear a word with the beginning sound Aa (short sound as in apple or long sound as in acorn) then they could say "achoo". The kids can get pretty silly with this one.
· Learn about apes. You could get a book(s) from the library or watch a Natural Geographic video.
· You could watch a tv show or channel such as The Animal Planet. Check your local listings for more ideas.
· Recycle old aluminum by shaping it into the shape of the letter A. Or, let the child glue pieces of aluminum onto a piece of paper into the shape of the letter A or a.
· Make a cereal necklace from the breakfast cereal called Apple Jacks or from similar apple-flavored dry breakfast cereals. String the cereal onto a piece of yarn and securely tie the ends. These never seem to last long around my house.
· Tell something that makes you angry.
· Go on a make believe trip to cities, countries or continents that begin with the letter A. Some examples could be Atlanta (Georgia, USA), Afghanistan, Alberta (Canada), Antarctica, Africa, Alabama (USA), Australia. 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.
· Draw an alien.
· Arts and craft project: angels -- Cut out a large white triangle for the body, and skin-colored circle for the head, and trace hand prints on white construction paper for the wings. Glue together, and add facial features and a halo.
· Make an ark. Cut out two large boat shapes and punch holes around sides and bottom. With shoe laces or yarn (wrap ends tightly with tape to prevent fraying), lace the 2 pieces together. Make a rainbow shape for the top to fit on like a handle. Let the children color the handle and staple or glue to the top of the ark. Fill the boat with animal crackers. As each child selects a cracker to eat, have them tell what kind of animal it is.
· Another fun activity is to draw ant tracks. You will need a couple of raisins, brown paint, and paper. Dip the raisins into the brown paint and press them onto the paper, creating ant tracks. When your tracks dry, you can draw ants on the paper as well.
· Make paper airplanes.
· Teach your child their address. This might be a good time to introduce some basic living skills and memory skills by teaching the child their address, even if they only learn the name of their state, city, and/or street.
· Learn about antelopes: http://www.mrtc.org/%7Etwright/animals/english/antelope.htm
· Learn some basic addition facts. Count peanuts, cheerios, m-n-m's, etc for a tasty and fun treat.
· The the sign for the letter a in the American Sign Language. Here is a helpful site:
http://where.com/scott.net/asl/abc.html and here for a printable page http://www.angelfire.com/mn/cozycottage/signlang.html
· More activities for the letter Aa can be found at this site:
· 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. http://www.mrsalphabet.com/alphabet.html
· Apple themes: http://www.childfun.com/themes/apple.shtml
· Animal themes: http://www.childfun.com/themes/animal.shtml
Coloring Pages for A:
Prepared Lesson Plans:
This is an original song taken from the book Alphabet Puppets by Jill M. Coudron (p. 85). Sing to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. The A's and a's should have the short vowel sound.
Ann and Andy went for a walk,
Then ants were saying a, a
Then they saw Apple Auntie.
A! Magic Apple!
Body movements to this song can be to jump up at the A! portion of the song.
I'm a Little Airplane - taken from the ChildFun website
(Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little airplane
Watch me fly!
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high
First I get all revved up
Then I can fly
Lifting off the runway
Up into the sky!
Check here for another song: http://www.stairway.bc.ca/alphasongs/a.html
Snacks or Treats:
· Apple juice
· Baked apples
· Ants on a Log is is a stick of celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins
· Avocado (guacamole dip is made from avocados)
· Have alphabet soup for lunch (Campbell's Soups has one brand of this). You can make your own by finding alphabet pasta and putting it into your favorite soup.
· Angel food cake
There's Something In My Attic by Mercer Mayer
Dr. Suess's A B C
Words: attic, apple, anchor, astronaut, ant, animal, antler. Angel, ape, acorn, ambulance, ax, asparagus, avocado, angry, alien, anteater, arrow, addition, alligator, April
The "Introducing the Alphabet" series:
Introducing the Alphabet
The Letter Aa
The Letter Bb
The Letter Cc
The Letter Dd
The Letter Ee
The Letter Ff
The Letter Gg
The Letter Hh
The Letter Ii
The Letter Jj
The Letter Kk
The Letter Ll
The Letter Mm
The Letter Nn
The Letter Oo
The Letter Pp
The Letter Qq
The Letter Rr
The Letter Ss
The Letter Tt
The Letter Uu
The Letter Vv
The Letter Ww
The Letter Xx
The Letter Yy
The Letter Zz