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Weekend Website #119: 4 Great Websites to Teach Letters

teddy bear lettersHelping munchkins learn their letters is one of the most frustrating–and rewarding–tasks in Kindergarten. Te ability to decode words leads to the vastness of the universe available through reading. If you’ve every met someone who can’t read, you know first hand the pain and embarrassment that dogs them every day in a world where literacy is expected not exceptional.
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Anything to make this process fun is a good thing. Here’s a great list of websites that do just that. Students can see the letters, trace them on the screen with their fingers, play games with them, and suddenly find A to Z as comfortable as their favorite teddy bear.
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5 Great Websites to Teach Letters

485097_abc_blocksEvery year, I add to my list of websites that teach kindergarten letters. I find out which ones students are working on in class, then demonstrate using each of the following websites how students can practice on the computer.
Which do you think is their favorite?
  • Find the letter--three different levels so you can personalize this to student needs–easy, medium, hard
  • Find the letter–how many letters can students find in 30 seconds?
  • Bembo’s Zoo--letters that morph themselves into the animal name. Entrancing!
  • Starfall Letters–lots of practice with the most age-appropriate games you can find on the internet
  • Click the Square--click on squares to create letters. Each click plays music. This is mesmerizing. Have them write the letters, their name, whatever they want

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#15: A Holiday Letter for Grades 2-6

This holiday letter can be as simple (for 2nd graders) or sophisticated (middle school) as your students can handle. There are a gamut of skills–

  • text
  • borders
  • pictures (from the internet, from clip art, from a separate file folder on your school server)
  • different fonts, font colors, font sizes

I’ve included a grading rubric to guide students in accomplishing as much as they can. Start with the basics (text, a border, some pictures) and add more skills as students get used to the early ones: (more…)

Categories: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Freebies/Discounts, Holidays, Language arts, Lesson plans, Teacher resources, Word processing, Writing | Tags: | 2 Comments