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B Is for Blocks

Learn your letters by playing with building blocks!

  • Directions

    1. As students study individual letters of the alphabet, provide them with the opportunity to share knowledge they have about the focus letter. Using a set of unit blocks or table blocks, have students take a poster of the letter outline (at least 12" x 18" in size) and work with their blocks to fill in the outline of the letter.
    2. After students fit blocks over the entire outline of the letter, ask them to outline the shape of each block used. Once complete, the letter outline will look like puzzle pieces put together to create the letter. Use Crayola® Construction Paperâ„¢ Crayons to create the shape outlines within the letter.
    3. Talk with students about the letter being studied. Ask for examples of words, preferably nouns, that begin with the same letter. For example, if "B" is the focus letter, students may offer words such as bird, bat, ball, etc. List student responses on a classroom white board or easel paper.
    4. Using Crayola® Construction Paperâ„¢ Crayons, allow students class time to fill in each puzzle piece with an original sketch of their word suggestions. Continue sketching until all segments of the puzzle have one picture illustrating a word beginning with the focus letter.
    5. Allow each student the opportunity to talk about his letter-puzzle illustration with classmates.
  • Standards

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

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.

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

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • 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

    Invite students to create a letter 'puzzle' for each letter in their first names. Follow the same procedure, using blocks to create the poster puzzle of each letter. Students generate a list of words that begin with each new letter of their names. Illustrate each puzzle appropriately.

    Challenge students to create a letter puzzle and fill it with nouns that have the letter in the word, but not in the first position. For example, the focus letter may be a "T". Students may correctly offer nouns such as "cat", "beetle", "stairs", etc. Students sketch appropriate offerings into their letter puzzles.


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