This alphabet unit is divided into 27 lessons total, an introduction lesson and one lesson for every letter of the alphabet. Each lesson is aligned with the Common Core Standards, and is developmentally appropriate for kindergarten students. The introduction lesson is designed to take 45 min., and the alphabet letter lessons are designed for 5 days of instruction with 45 min. each day. There are a few activities that will be done for every letter which are described below, including an at home activity to engage the family.
Letter practice writing worksheets– There is a practice writing worksheet on day 2 of instruction for every letter. These worksheets are available for teachers to print for free at the following website (http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/trace.htm). This link is also in the lesson plan for each letter.
Alphabet Mini Books- These alphabet mini books will be done on day 4 of instruction for every letter. Students will have their own copy of the mini book, but will follow along with the class in reading. Students will use highlighters to find the given letter in the book. These mini books are also available for free for teachers to print at the following website (http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/index.htm). This link is also in the lesson plan for each letter.
Letter movement of the week- For every letter students will do a movement pertaining to that letter on day 5 of instruction, adding as they go through the alphabet. These movement cards are available for teachers to print for free at the following website (http://thehometeacher.blogspot.com/2009/08/movement-cards.html).
Letter picture sort- On day 5 of instruction the students will take part in a letter picture sort for review of the letter of the week. The teacher will choose objects that begin with the letter as well as upper- and lower-case pictures of the letter. Each student will have a chance to come up and pick an object or picture to sort into the letter bin.
Alphabet search (at home activity)- For every letter students will be doing an at home letter search activity. Students are required to bring in an object or picture that has the same beginning letter as the letter of the week. On day 5 of instruction, the students will be able to share their alphabet search object with the class. These objects will then be placed in the alphabet search baggies, one for every letter of the alphabet.