Alphabets boats is a fun way for students to learn the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. This could be used with EAL students and would be particularly useful if the student’s home language has a different script. Resources designed for EAL students are of course suitable for use with all students. The activity involves matching the lower case letters with the uppercase letters which are displayed on the boats. There are two sets of lower case letters. One set is in colour and colour coordinated with the boats. The other set is in black and for use when students are more competent at completing the task with the coloured letters.
If this is given as an individual task to a new arrival, the reference page ( displaying upper and lower cases side by side) will enable students to successfully complete the task. For a student new to English, this also allows time out from listening to a language which he/she doesn’t understand and it is a useful activity which can be successfully completed.
If this is done as a group activity, there is a lot of scope for discussion and reinforcement of colour vocabulary plus the opportunity for students to learn from their peers. E.g. Do you have a green letter? Do you have a light blue boat? Can I have the purple boat? Can I have 'g' ? etc
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