Possible classroom resources include: Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss; Racecar Alphabet (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) by Brian Floca; ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book by Alison Jay; Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
In place of using recycled newspapers and magazines, ask students to use Crayola Crayons to form letters of the alphabet, both in capitals and lower case forms. Students cut out the letters into cards that will fit into their ABS Alphabet Bowl Containers.
Once students have their alphabets complete, provide students with several words that begin with the same letter or consonant blend. Ask students to contribute words that contain that letter or blend. For example, using the blend "fr", students might contribute frog, fruit, fries, and/or freckles. Students use Crayola Dry Erase markers to write these words on a classroom white board. Provide students time to use alphabet letters from their containers to replicate the spelling of one of these terms.
Students work in small groups with an adult facilitator. The facilitator provides a letter, capital or lower case. Students talk about words that begin with, end with, or contain, that letter. Make a list of the words generated. Students select one of the words, write it on a sheet of white construction paper, and illustrate the term using Crayola Crayons. Once all students have completed their illustrations, talk about the pictures. Encourage students to generate complete sentences that contain their words. For example, if the letter is "c", students might include came, can, cat, etc. A student-generated sentence might be, "My cat is crazy!"