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Letter Writing Accuracy, Rainbow Writing

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: K
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Crayons, small dry erase board, dry erase marker, Letter Formation Guide, Image:Rainbow Writing Template.doc
Goal: Given a printed letter, the student can write the letter with accuracy.
Items: The letter whose sound students learned most recently

What to do

  1. Print and photocopy letter templates before beginning the activity.
  2. Today we are going to practice writing our letters. Raise your hand if you know how to write the letter A. Good, most of you already know how to write an A.
  3. Watch how I do it. Hold a dry erase board so students can see, and write an uppercase A. As you are writing, make sure to talk through your strokes. I am going to start at the top and make a big slanted line down to the left. Now, I am lifting up my pencil and going back to the starting point. I am making another big slanted line down, but this time to the right. Now, I am lifting up my pencil again and I am making a little line across between the two lines.
  4. Watch me do it again. Repeat and explain the process one more time.
  5. Who thinks they can make an uppercase A the same way that I did? Pass the dry erase board to any students who volunteer and observe how they make the A. Talk through their strokes to the other students. If time permits, give each student a turn to write on the board.
  6. I would like each of you to choose five crayons. Pass out letter sheets. Now take one of your crayons, and let’s all make an A at the same time. Remember to stay with me and do not work ahead. Talk through the letter stokes as students write on their sheets.
  7. Good. Now I want you to take your time and trace over the A with each of your crayons. You are making a rainbow A! Observe students and offer help to those not forming the letter correctly.
  8. Repeat the same process for lowercase a.
  9. Repeat the activity with each small group once a week until the entire alphabet has been covered.
  10. Observe students. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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