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ABCs-Alphabet Bowl Containers

  • Directions

    1. Prior to the lesson, collect recycled magazines and newspapers to use for students to cut letters from. In place of these materials, you can substitute Xeroxed copies of letters, capitals or small letters, for students to cut out and place in their pinch pots.
    2. Demonstrate to students how to coil and create pinch pots. Allow students time to experiment with the technique. Provide assistance as needed.
    3. Ask students to select a place mat to work on. Shape a soup-sixe bowl using Crayola Dough. Experiment with coils or pinching out a pot. Demonstrate to students how to use craft sticks, plastic dinnerware, o rather modeling tools to shape and add texture to their containers.
    4. Once containers are complete and drying, work with students to recognize the similarities and differences between upper-case and lower-case letters. Ask students for suggestions about how to differentiate between the two types of letters.
    5. Ask students to investigate the recycled magazines or newspapers to find specific letters. Students use Crayola Scissors to cut out these letters.
    6. Students place assigned letters in their ABC Bowl Containers in preparation for alphabet soup.
  • Standards

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

    LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

    VA: Use are materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

  • Adaptations

    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!"


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