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Raise Your Hand! Letter ID

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Raise Your Hand! Letter ID is all about making letter ID fun and yet simple while being as inclusive as possible so that all students feel comfortable participating in class.

It's this simple:
1) Make copies of the hand cut outs (there are three different colors to try to allow all children to have hands that look like their own).
2) Write the capital letter on the left hand and the lower case letter on the right hand.
3) Attach each hand to a popsicle stick.

You can have the students be as involved as you want them to be in this process. You can have the hands cut out already and invite the students to come pick out a pair (which is a skill in itself!). They can write their own letters on the hands and attach the popsicle stick themselves. Or if you're short on time, have everything prepared ahead of time.

Once all children have their hands, you can call out letter names or letter sounds and have them raise the correct letter. You can call out words and ask for initial sounds or ending sounds. There are numerous possibilities to use this easy tool!

These hands also make it easy to select only a few letters at a time. Store the hands in ziploc bags, and they're ready to use the next time!

1) Depending on the age of your students, you can make this a fun craft and have each child make handprints with paint instead of using the cut outs.
2) Again, depending on the age of your students, you can have the students trace their own hands and cut them out instead of using the cut outs.
3) Forget the popsicle sticks and make this a game. Turn the hands over and have the students make pairs by playing a memory game!

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