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UPDATED 7/19 to include an Alphabet Linking Chart!
Jan Richardson, among many others, recommend an Alphabet Tracing Book routine to help young emerging readers master letter identification and practice letter formation. Students use their pointer finger to trace the uppercase and lowercase letters and say the letter name, then say the picture. Using kinesthetic, auditory, and visual pathways helps students retain the letter names and formation.
This Alphabet Tracing Book has everything you need to get your books made and routines started to help your students become readers! Assemble a class set to send home or a few for your pre-A guided reading groups.
This product includes:
-Large letters and real pictures to engage students
-Two cover options (one with a space for students' names, one without)
-Two assembly options (fold-only or a cutting option based on your time and needs)
-A mini-log that can be used to record when the routine is completed right in the book
-Parent letters in English and Spanish that can be sent home with a book to encourage more practice. Just include your school or district's letter formation guide and you are all set!
-Alphabet Linking Chart to use in small group instruction or to use as an anchor chart with space at the bottom to write (laminate and use a dry erase marker for a DIY dry erase board).
You can utilize this tracing book:
-At the beginning of guided reading for pre-A readers
-During Intervention, Focus, WIN, or RTI times
-Whenever you have a parent volunteer, pre-service teacher, or older student in the room
-To send home as homework for students struggling to learn or form their letters
See more of the Alphabet Tracing Book in Jan Richardson's The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. I hope these books will help your students learn their letters as quickly and efficiently as they have helped mine!