Verbal Paths, Tracing and Alphabet Game!
This product contains several ways that you can teach and reinforce letters and their formation. I have used Diane Snowball’s method of grouping similar letters together, forming 5 groups that combine both upper and lowercase letters. For the verbal paths, I have combined both Fountas and Pinell, Jan Richardson, as well as adding in my own to create a flip book that can be used as a reference in either your small group or whole group lessons. The flip book should be printed on different colored card stock and then use a binding comb to keep it together. This would also be great to give to parents who want their child to have extra practice with the letters at home.
Each letter card measures 3 X 3 inches.
I have created 3 sets of letter cards featuring both upper and lowercase letters, sequenced to align with the verbal path flip book. In the upper left corner, I have designated which set and verbal path the letter belongs to.
One set of letters has lines and arrows showing the kids how to write the letter. The next set is the letter with lines and the last set is just the letter itself. The last set is intended to be used with the “Alphabet Spin” game included in this product. There are two sets of directions for the game; one is for matching upper case to lowercase letters and the other is matching lowercase to uppercase letters. All you need is a paper clip and a pencil. I have created 10 different spinners plus two that are editable that you can create your own. You can create games by adding one of the spinners and the matching lower or uppercase letter cards, a pencil and paperclip. Use storage bags to house them. You can have at least ten different matching games!
Another feature of this product is the sorting mats. There are many ways teachers use to teach letter formation. I use headline (letters that start at the top of 3 lined paper), mid-line (letters that start and only use the dotted or middle line and the base line), and base line (which are letters that extend below the base line, like j, g, p, and q) to teach letters. Other teachers teach formation using straight lines, curved lines and closed circle. While still others teach the terminology of tall, short, and hanging letters. Whatever you use, I have created organizers that allow your kids with your support to sort letters into categories. Being able to analyze the formation will better help them to transfer it to their writing. You can use any of the sets for sorting.
To organize these letters, I would print 6 sets of each group and then use a file box to store them so that when you are in small group, you can have them handy. In small group your can use the sorting mats and the targeted letter group for tracing and grouping. Of course you can also use the sorting mats and letters and have the kids glue down the letters as follow-up work. This would be great in an intervention as well.
The possibilities are endless with these letter cards!
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