Make a Game!
In the classroom, there are many games to play. Here are some examples:
1. Use file cards and write the upper case (capital) letter on one card and the lower case (small) on another card. Use the cards to play a memory game with a small group of students. Do not use the whole alphabet at one time. Concentrate on the letters that you have introduced.
2. Use the same file cards from #1. Pass out one card per student. When everyone has a card, instruct students to find the matching partner (upper and lower case). After everyone has found the correct partner, ask each pair to identify the letter they are holding.
3. Make a board game! Board games are easy to make, can be used to review a skill, and are fun for the children. Board games also teach social skills such as taking turns, following rules, and good sportsmanship.
4. Play a circle game like musical chairs without the chairs. Write letters on pieces of construction paper. Laminate them if you want to save them for multiple uses. Place cards in a circle. The children parade around the circle stepping on the cards as they go. When the music stops, the teacher calls out a letter. The person standing on it sits in the middle.
5. This game is active and reviews the letter that you have introduced. You will need a large area such as a multi-purpose room, playground, or sufficient classroom floor space. Use the cards you made for item #4. Scatter the cards around with a few feet of distance between them. Students should wait on the edge of the area. Then give instructions like this, “All boys should hop to the letter J or Table 4 students should take baby steps to the letter M." When they get to the designated letter they should say the letter out loud. Continue the game with a variety of directions so that students practice listening skills, following directions, and letter recognition.