This is a fun activity where children lay out an alphabet strip, then match alphabet letters to the alphabet strips. After they lay out the alphabet strip, I have them sing the abc song and touch each letter as they sing that letter. Then students work in pairs. One pair picks a card and identifies the letter. The second student takes the card and places it below the sentence strip. Wonderful hands-on practice!
In the context of teaching the “ABC’s”, identifying letters comes before the task of learning the sounds of the letters. This letter identification is a strong predictor of reading success. In order to be truly fluent with letter identification, students must be able to identify the letter names out of order and with automaticity. To do this, students need to see and experience the letters of the alphabet in many different ways.
Identifying letters doesn’t come easy for most children. It’s a true shift in the understanding of their world. Think about a pencil for a minute. No matter how you view a pencil, it’s still a pencil. But, letters are different. When you see this P-it’s one letter. Turned upside down-d-it’s something entirely different. Is it any wonder young children have difficulties with letter identification?