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Let's Learn and Use Our ABCs!
Divide students into small groups. If possible, have an adult available to work with each group. The group facilitator will ask each student his or her name and how to spell the name. Each student will write his name with upper-and-lower case letters, as appropriate, on a piece of construction paper using Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons .
Provide students with recycled, rectangular cardboard pieces measuring about 3" x 4". The number of rectangles needed by each student is equal to the number of letters in each student's first name.
Students use Crayola Crayons to draw one outline letter in their names on each cardboard rectangle. The letters should spell the child's name when all are complete. Encourage students to use the majority of each rectangle for each letter.
Using Crayola® Scissors, students cut out the letters for their first names.
Provide students with a large piece of fine sandpaper. Children place their letters backwards on the smooth side of a sheet of fine sandpaper and trace around their letters with crayons and cut out the sandpaper letters.
Students glue sandpaper letters, with the rough side up, to 5" x 8" index cards. Allow glue to dry overnight.
Allow class time for students to practice spelling their names using the sandpaper letters. Have students say each letter orally when spelling their names.
Ask students to explore the feeling of the sandpaper letters. Have children use their fingers to trace each letter and describe how the sandpaper feels. Write student descriptive words on a classroom whiteboard. How many different ways can they say rough?
Ask students to make connections between their sandpaper letters and a trip to the beach. Discussion to follow. What other beach experiences can students share?
Let's make something!
How does the ocean move? Use a mixture of melted crayon colors to create motion in the ocean!
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