Make learning letters & numbers
especially fun with this “something different”
While waiting for “my turn” at the ophthalmology office, I was staring at a framed print of an old-fashioned eye chart, wondering how I could use that in my classroom. The result of that long wait, is this “ABC the letters & numbers” packet, with C (see) being a play-on-words.
It took some time to design the eye charts
, so that they not only looked like the “real deal”, but included all of the uppercase letters
, so they can be used as a unique teaching tool
, plus help practice letter identification & recognition
. Easy-peasy for you & fun for your students.
You can use the traditional “E at the top” chart, or the one that says “I Spy!”
Besides the eye charts
, the packet also includes a variety of “Eye Spy” alphabet & number worksheets & games
, plus 26, mini puzzle glasses
, where students match the uppercase letter to the lowercase one, along with 21 matching numeric puzzles, which help practice numbers 0-20, sequencing, subitizing & simple addition
I’ve also included an assessment mat & recording sheet
for both upper & lowercase letters.
About the CHARTS:
My Y5s absolutely love pretending, and talking about what they want to be when they grow up, so “becoming” a real eye doctor is right up their alley.
Print and laminate the eye chart so it can become a part of your pretend play area. I keep a copy in our “doctor kit” tub.
If you don’t have an “imagination station”
set up in your classroom as part of your daily routine, that’s fine too, as being able to “play eye doctor” will be even more exciting, as children don’t normally get to have this as a center activity
Pair up a strong student with a struggler, so that they can each take turns
being the patient, as well as the eye doctor. If you have older reading buddies
that come in to help with your youngsters, this is also a fun activity for that time slot.
The “doctor” asks the “patient” to read the various lines. My kiddos use a “pencil pointer”, so they are specifically pointing to each letter. Having a pointer is also a “cool tool” and adds to the fun.
Besides the “Partner Pretend”
practice game, you can also use the eye chart poster as an alternative assessment tool
, where students point to each letter and say it.
The eye chart also works as a fun ”I spy!” worksheet game
. Run them off, then choose a student to call out a letter. Children find it and circle it. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
You can also use the eye chart as a “whole group”
activity. Using a dry erase marker, have a child come up and circle a letter that you ask for. You could also point to a letter and call on children to tell you what that letter is.
The numbered lines
are also helpful, so you can reinforce number recognition as well. i.e. “Please read the letters on line 5” or point to a number and ask the name of it; or “Please show me the number 3”
The chart can also be used for ordinal number practice
. “What is the third letter on line 2?”
I love it when I can use a visual for more than one thing, and thought you’d appreciate that too.
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