Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It is Letter Work! {FREEBIE}

Like many of you out there, I am a Daily 5 fan and using it in kindergarten has been spectacular. I have been able to take my little nuggets from squirrelly and all over the place to engaged and on task (the majority of the time). It definitely looks different in kindergarten, especially early on in the year, but functions in a very similar way. Today I am going to focus on letter work. This is a rotation that I have added to the traditional Daily 5. Because many of my students start the year with little to no letter recognition, this is essential to their learning. For letter work I used a variety activities. I begin by introducing these in small groups and then add them to the letter work station as they develop some independence in the task. Unlike my second grade classroom, I do not let the students have free reign in the station. Instead, I select 2-3 activities that they can choose from and set them up ahead of time. The students then choose what they would like to do and stay at that activity the entire time. When selecting the activities I try to choose one tactile activity, one interactive activity, and one writing activity. For example, the students could have a choice of Playdoh letter shaping, letter I-spy, or stamp-it & rainbow write it. Thanks to other fabulous bloggers and my wacky little self, I have tested lots of fabulous letter activities in my classroom.  Below are some fun things to try-out in your classroom. Be sure to check out the freebies at the bottom of the page!

Magnetic Letter Match. 
Finding Sticks, Curves, and Sticks & Curves 
( also use this activity for uppercase/lowercase, and letter identification)

Letter Cards. In this photo they are using them in glitter/salt trays, but they also use them for sorting, playdoh mats, and rainbow writing with dry erase markers.

Letter Hunt! This is a favorite and on nice days they have the chance to go with my teaching assistant and go on letter hunts. Sometimes I hide things ahead of time and other days they roam the campus looking for new letters (think "write the school").

Kinder-letters: The students work together to create the shape of a letter (this is a class favorite)!

Letter Dig: For this activity I filled plastic wash bins (Daiso) with black fish tank gravel. To the gravel I add plastic letters, different sized letter beads, and miscellaneous treasures. The students name and record the letters that they find.

Beaded Letters: For this activity students string colored pony beads on pipe cleaners and then form letters.

Letter I-Spy: This activity is from The Differentiated Kindergarten. The students love to use the magnifying glasses to search for hidden letters.

Here is the freebie that I mentioned earlier! I hope that can use it!

Here are some products from other teacher/authors that I LOVE to use for Letter Work!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop


  1. What a great way to get those kiddos movin'!

  2. I love the range of activities you have, particularly those kinesthetic types! I don't teach reading, but I'm definitely going to pass this along to my preservice teachers.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Bookish Ways in Math and Science

  3. These are some great letter learning fun activities for kindergarteners :-) Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.


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