Alphabet Letter Arcs
The ABC's are in an arc
shape on a large sheet (12”x18”) of construction paper. Use a dish
of plastic letters (similar to magnetic letters) to match the
letters printed on the arc. There is a letter arc that can be
printed for the capital letters. A capital letter arc can be found
at this link:
Scroll down to Book One,
then Phonics, then Part One (Letter Recognition). It is on p. 004.
arcs and letters can be purchased at this website:
Additional activities can be found here:
is the suggested sequence for the activities:
Place the letters in the middle (under the arc but on the paper).
Turn all the letters right side up.
Find the letter a and place it on the printed a on the letter arc.
Continue doing this alphabetical order.
Using their 2 lead fingers (pointer and middle fingers), they recite
and touch the plastic letters in order.
Then they pick them up one at a time, say the letter's name again,
and put it back in the dish.
When they can do all of this in less than 3 minutes, then they do it
backwards (that is starting with z).
After they can do it backwards in 3 minutes, make a new letter arc
page printed with just a line for the arc and a, m, n, and z
printed. They do it the same way, but now they just put them in
order using a, m, n, and z as guides to help them keep them spaced
Take away the
letter before letter R. (Use other positional words such as after,
in front of, behind, first, last, right, left.)
What is the first
letter of the alphabet? Count over three letters. What letter is it?
Purpose of letter
Teach the number
of letters in the alphabet
beginning, middle and ending letters of the alphabet
introduction to the location of letters in the alphabet (For
example, "Is letter r close to the beginning, middle or end of the
Lead to knowledge
of alphabetical order necessary for dictionary skills. (For example,
when a student looks for a word beginning with letter G, should he
look closer to the front, middle or back of the dictionary?)
learn the order of the alphabet without singing the song