Sky Grass Dirt Alphabet Formation Practice Sheets and Letter Formation Rhymes

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Thank you so much for creating this! My students enjoyed it and we had fun incorporating it into our curriculum!


Tired of careless printing that you can't read? These scaffolded Sky Grass Dirt Alphabet Practice Sheets are the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO TEACH PRINTING I HAVE EVER FOUND in thirty five years of teaching! Using the Sky-Grass-Dirt format really helps children understand letter placement on the lines, and what size the letters should be. Just slip the sheets into plastic sleeves, and they are perfect with dry erase markers in small groups!

These practice sheets are scaffolded, starting with VERY large letters (approximately two inches tall!) on lines, and then gives guided practice as they shrink in size (down to about one inch tall), and change back to black and white instead of color. Children could even use the teacher's full page sized letters if needed! This is perfect for children in early Kindergarten, pre-K, and also for those with special needs.

To use, take a peek at the rhyme printed on the back of the card, while showing the letter printed in large Sky-Grass-Dirt format with directional arrows on the front of the card. Then sing or chant the rhymes together to help the children learn how to write the letters.

Tip: just print enough sheets in color for one small group, and save them in page protectors. Reuse the same sheets with every group, and save them to reuse every year! This works especially well when you keep them in a binder in alphabetical order. Just keep the binder handy, and you are all set for to teach letter writing all year long, for as many years as you need them. It's worth the price of the color printing when they can be reused for years!

Sung or spoken, the included letter formation rhymes are quite helpful for the children as they are learning to write the letters, and serve as a great tool to boost their memory and make the task a lot more fun at the same time! The rhymes, combined with the Sky-Grass-Dirt practice sheets are winning combination to make alphabet letter writing SO MUCH EASIER!!!

This resource supports the video, Alphabet Formation: Songs to Write the ABCs, available on our video streaming site, However, it can be used with or without the videos. It also goes along GREAT with our Letter of the Week Focus Wall!

What's Included:

• Instructions with tips for teaching kids using the Sky-Grass-Dirt method of teaching printing, and using these materials specifically. (5 Pages)

• 26 Alphabet Formation Display Cards/Posters with sky Sky-Grass-Dirt letter models in full color. (27 Pages)

• 26 Rhyme Cards with poems/songs to help kids remember how to form the letters, and a beginning sound picture. Each card contains two rhymes: one for the upper and one for the lowercase letter, (except for letters in which one rhyme would suffice, such as the letter S.) (27 Pages)

• 26 A-Z Scaffolded Sky-Grass-Dirt practice sheets to help children transition from the colored to the black and white paper, and one blank one. (28 Pages)

• 3 Large format 8..5” x 11” Sky Grass Dirt Cards to demonstrate the printing of each letter, and to teach them the NAMES of each line: “Sky, Fence, Grass and Dirt.” One card has a realistic photo of sky, grass, and dirt behind the lines. Another shows the lines with just blue to represent the sky, green for the grass, and brown for the dirt behind the lines. The last is simply a large format card with black and white lines. There are also three additional pages for children that need to practice each of these formats separately in large format. (7 Pages)

• 1 A-Z Alphabet writing practice sheet in black and white to help children practice writing the entire alphabet, along with a model of how it should look when finished, and another one with directional arrows next to each letter. (3 Pages)

• 2 Extra Large Lines for writing the alphabet, with two versions, lined or sky grass dirt colored (4 pages)

• 2 Extra Large Lines for writing the alphabet, realistic graphics of sky, grass, dirt, with the alphabet in upper and lowercase to help aide children in writing

File contains 103 pages total.

* Please note that neither the audio nor the video files themselves are included in this download.

Here's a blog post with more info on this product!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.


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