Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Letter Centers... with a GIANT freebie!!

Any one who works with kindergarteners can tell you that the beginning of the year and the end of the year are like night and day. In our classroom we have a pictionary that we use during writing. Buuuutttttt, I learned last year that it is very, very difficult to get the kids to write the words and draw pictures neatly at the beginning of the year. It's definitely more like an after January project. These are what the pages for that pictionary look like:

Each student has their own folder with a page for each letter.

This year, because we had such large classes, I needed to have one more center for each letter. In the past we have always done a handwriting page, play dough, and a letter book. In order to fill my need of a fourth center, I created this pictionary packet that already has the words we write on our letter word lists.

Letter word lists:

Please ignore the stuff stored on top :) This is my sink area. I have to put two letters on the side to have them all fit. But it definitely works well for the students to see their words up there! They have full access to words that they selected for writing.

Here is a glimpse as several of my students' work using this page:

It's easy enough for some but still teaching valuable skills: letter formation, independent letter writing, drawing a picture to match a word, etc.

The best thing though is that you can grab your own FREE copy at my Teachers Pay Teachers account. Please do me a favor though and spread the word and leave feedback. Click to get the who alphabet here:

Be quick to grab it though! On Monday (September 17) I will change it from free to $1.00. Enjoy!

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