Ready for some new ideas for Alphabet Intervention? Are yours students needing a really solid alphabet foundation OR maybe a review of the letters and sounds after a long break? Check out these different parts of a great small group instruction time at the teacher table.
Do flashcards sound boring? I used to think that too. But then I realized that it didn’t have to be. I made some letter flashcards and printed them on colored paper to make them more interesting. I also used different fonts. I love to incorporate handwriting with letter and sound practice. I use a set for each Reading Group that needs to focus on the alphabet intervention and (after assessing students) I add the letters that group specifically needs to practice. They can do a quick practice when I flash the cards or they can air write while I model the correct handwriting and say the letter and sound together. If we have extra time, they each get a set of the letters and will trace with their fingers.
Fluency is so important! Finding and highlighting the letters is a great independent way to practice. So is timing them for one minute and having them practice naming the letters as quickly as possible. If you are assessing, do this one on one. But to practice you only need a minute as a small group. Give them each a Fluency Book, set the timer for one minute and off they go naming the letters quickly. They only compete against themselves and they can draw a line where they stop when the time is up and they can see if they can beat it the next time.
These alphabet books are great for students who are learning their letters and sounds. Perfect for the Teacher Table. Students can highlight the letter, see some predictable sentences surrounding the letter. Then they get to connect handwriting with the letter and sound and practice phonological awareness as a group.
Games & Activities
Games and activities are important during alphabet intervention. Here are some fun activities that incorporate the kinesthetic, visual and auditory modalities. Have students write the letters in water, salt or sand and play dough. They can feel the movement, see the letter and name the letter and sound at the same time.
Another fun game is the Racecar game! Move the car around the track and trace or write the letter. This gives them some fun movement while working on handwriting and mastering letters and sounds.
During alphabet intervention these cut and glue pages are great to do together or independently. You can send them off to their seats to work independently or in the small group. Teachers never have enough time to work one on one with students. This gives you a chance to work one on one with students while keeping the rest of your group busy with meaningful work.
Here is an alphabet intervention that is ready for you to print with low prep:
If you are looking for other ways to help your students master letters and sounds and get ready to read check out these blogposts.