This is the second in a series of activities contributed by 2015 Summer Reads VISTAs who completed a capstone project. Capstone projects are intended to benefit all sites and advance the field of children's literacy.
Size of group: 3-10 Appropriate grade level: K-3 Skill practiced: Spelling, vocabulary, alphabet/letter recognition Materials: Set of different-colored chalk, and a sidewalk outside. Category: lesson plan/activity idea
Give each student their choice of colored chalk and have them write their name on the sidewalk. Then have them come up with words (ideally adjectives) that begin with each letter of their name, in an acrostic poem style.
Size of group: 3-6 Appropriate grade level: K-1 Skill practiced: Phonics and decoding, sounds Materials: Pictures, ideally with the word written, and cards with letters or combinations of letters such as “sh”. Category: lesson plan/activity idea
Size of group: 1-5 (depending on age) Appropriate grade level: K-3 Skill practiced: Writing, comprehension, spelling Materials: A prompt, paper, pencil, and colored pencils or crayons Category: lesson plan/activity idea
Size of group: 3-4 Appropriate grade level: K-3 Skill practiced: Sight word recognition, Alphabet/letter recognition, rhyming, and more, depending on what you want to focus on Materials: Sight word flash cards, Alphabet flash cards, or a set of prepared questions. Category: lesson plan/activity idea