Monday, April 15, 2013

Shiver Me Letters: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Alphabet
Read:  Shiver Me Letters:  A Pirates ABC by June Sobel
Activity:  Alphabet Easter egg hunt - This is an activity that was all over Pinterest this Spring.    There are many variations of this activity but this is how I imagine it.  Cut up a piece of paper into 26 small rectangles.  On each piece of paper write a different letter.  Place each piece of paper into a different Easter egg.  As your child finds each egg they need to tell you the name of the letter they found.  In the extension area below I have a list of adaptations/alternative ways to do this activity.  Just think about what you think your child can do and go from there.  Don't be afraid to try something that is a little high for them, they might surprise you!  Also, don't be discouraged if they have trouble.  I also list ways of making it easier.  The important thing is that you are exposing them to the alphabet.  
  • book
  • 26 Easter Eggs 
  • 1 piece of paper
  • scissors
  • 1 permanent marker
  • Adaptations/alternatives (roughly easiest to hardest)
    • Write the letters on the outside of the eggs.  As your child picks up an egg you say the letter name and sound.
    • Write the letters on the outside of the eggs.  As your child picks up an egg they say the letter name and/or sound.
    • The lesson I described above.
    • Put the eggs in alphabetical order after you find them all.
    • Find the letters in alphabetical order. So for example, if they find G but haven't found D yet they can't pick it up!
    • On the big part of the egg write the capital letter.  On the little part of the egg write the lower case letter.  Hide the egg halves and have them match up the lower case and upper case letters.
    • Here is an idea from a follower from I can Teach My Child, "For letter recognition, you could do a lowercase letter (on one side), and (3-5) random uppercase letters with one match on the other side."  They have to spin the uppercase side until they find the match to the lowercase letter on the other side. Love it!
    • Find site words and read them as explained on this blog.
    • Match antonyms as explained on this blog.
    • Match simple site words, compound words, contractions, etc. as explained on this blog.
    • Make word family eggs as explained on this blog.

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