Daily Lesson Planning
Note: Because of the variety of phonics programs in schools, we are not proposing a specific approach to teaching phonics.
Introduction to the Alphabet Chart
- Invite the children to say the letters and name the pictures in the chart "Writers explore letters, sounds, and words." Relate this chart to other ABC posters and cards you may be using in your classroom. For example, ask individuals to name a letter and give other words that begin with it.
- Implement “Writers explore letters, sounds, and words” (BB 34).
Activities with Letters and Sounds
- Implement sound-letter-word activities as appropriate for your students (BB 35-39).
- Encourage children to write new words in their personal word dictionaries or in their Buddy Books (BB 80-105).
- Let children explore a letter and its sound by making a class scrapbook for that letter. The book can be shaped like the letter, or the letter can be drawn on the book’s cover. Inside the book, the children can practice writing the letter and add magazine pictures or draw pictures related to the letter.
- Make an alphabet quilt to display in the classroom. Begin by giving each child a colored square and directing the children to write a specific letter on the square and then decorate it with items that begin with the sound of the letter. When you have squares from A to Z, tape, glue, or sew the squares together to make a quilt.
- After discussing the idea of name initials (K. A. K. for Katisha Ann Kalb), have children pick theirs from a pile of precut letters and share these initials, and their sounds, with the class. As a follow-up activity, have the children make a picture frame for their school photo, decorating it with their initials.
- Ask each child to write a specific letter on a card. Then invite the children to find objects in the classroom that begin with the letter. When all children have found at least one matching object, have them tell the class the name of the object and its initial sound and letter. Repeat the same activity several times.
- Have children choose one or two letters of the alphabet and then write a list of words or pictures that begin with the same sound as that letter.
- Give each child a copy of "Alphabet Chart" to color or decorate. Let them take the copy home to display somewhere special.