We began by reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and putting the letters on the coconut tree as we said their sounds.
Here is the Fishy Bubbles game where we matched the lowercase fish with their matching uppercase letters in the bubbles in the aquarium. I linked the site where I got the game freebie, but no matter how hard I searched, I could not find the blog entry link where I got it from. Maybe you will have better luck. DeAnne is an amazing blogger (the second blog I ever found!) and she always has excellent freebies. :)
Here is an ABC order center from the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity pack. Out of all five centers, this was the most difficult and required the majority of my attention. However, once I did one or two examples with each small group of students, they were able to do it on their own (for the most part ;)).
Here is another Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity. The kids had to find the letter and circle its color, which made for a nice lil color word review as well! Mwahaha so sneaky! ;)
For this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom center, the kiddos picked a card out of the basket and had to record the letter that came after the letter shown on the card.
This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom center is very similar to the one above, but the cards are different. The kids chose a letter card out of the basket and wrote the letter that comes after it on their worksheets.
Some groups finished their center work faster than others, so in the meantime, I had them spell words with magnetic letters....
... and Scrabble letter tiles. I raid our school's flea market every year just to find Scrabble games so that I can use the letter tiles. :)
This week we also did some writing activities. The book on the left is from an idea found on Pinterest. First, we read No, David! and discussed all of the things David was doing wrong. Then, we reviewed our classroom rules and made a Yes, David! book where David followed our rules. The book on the right (which I cannot find the link for at the moment, sorry!) helped us to get to know each other better. The front side of the page had the students fill in clues about themselves and the back side of the page had the students write their names and draw a picture of themselves. After everyone turned in their pages, we went through the book as a class to guess who was who. Some they knew right away, and others were a bit more tricky.
On top of all this, we did some other projects (busy busy!). To go along with Kerri B's Amazing Alphabet Activities pack, we decided to spell our names with pictures that began with the same letters as those in our names. I was pretty impressed with their creativity. For those who needed some inspiration, I put up the alphabet cards on my document camera, which showed up on the SmartBoard. So blessed to have these tools to use, and trust me, I use them EVERY day. Here are the products of our Name Mystery Codes...
My example... I'll have to make a new one for next year ;)
Can you guess whose name this spells?
Were you right?!
And last but not least, I had each student choose a letter tile from our magic hat. They were given a large bubble letter of the letter they chose. They were instructed to fill their letters with drawings, magazine pictures, and/or clip art of pictures that began with the letter they chose. They also had to label everything that went on their letter. These turned out awesome too!
Here are some up close and personal
Okay, so thanks for sticking with me all the way to the bottom of this long post! I'm off to watch a movie with the fiancee and enjoy the fact that tomorrow is Labor Day! Enjoy the day off all you fellow teachers and anyone else who has tomorrow off! :) I will be spending it doing grad school homework, but at least I can sleep in (I love my sleep!). Okay, goodnight!!