ADVERTISEMENT |  REMOVE ADS

Matching Letters: Puzzle Day

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early literacy thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do well in the early grades.
Teaching Strategies:
Grades:
Subjects:
CREATE NEW FOLDER
Cancel

Matching Letters: Puzzle Day

Purpose/Skills
  • To see first name in writing
  • To name each letter in first name
  • To recognize letters, especially in names
  • To recognize that print has meaning
  • To recognize that spoken words can be written

Materials
Sentence strips, plastic or paper letters
Prepare ahead by tracing the letters of each child's first name onto a sentence strip.

Literature Suggestion
Read Anno's Alphabet by Mitsumasa Anno, or any other appealing alphabet book.

Vocabulary
letters
shape
match

Warm-Up
Show a familiar wood or cardboard cut-out style puzzle to children (i.e. one that requires child to place a piece on a matching cut-out spot). Demonstrate how to start a puzzle. Make sure children understand the idea of matching and placing pieces in the matching spot.

Procedure

  • Tell children that they are going to complete a name puzzle.
  • Have children work at tables that have plastic or paper letters on them. Pass out the sentence strips with the children's names. Spread out the letters of children's names close to them.
  • Ask children to trace with their fingers the first letter in their names and to say the letter. Then ask them to find the matching letter and place it on the strip.
  • Repeat with the other letters in each child's name.
Enrichment
In small groups, have each child spell aloud the letters in his or her name.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child can identify the letters in his or her first name, and can match the plastic or paper letters to the letters in his or her first name.
  • In Process - Child needs help in identifying the letters in his or her first name and in matching the plastic or paper letters to the letters in his or her first name.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet identify the letters in his or her first name, and does not yet match plastic or paper letters to the letters in his or her first name.

Excerpted from

School Readiness Activity Cards
Pearson Early Childhood
Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.

Your Free Gift

The Ultimate Back-to-School Guide

Teachers are always thinking about their students, but devotion to their progress shouldn’t come at the expense of your own. That’s why we’ve created an “Ultimate Back-to-School Guide” for teachers based on our nine future-ready skill domains.

What you can expect from this guide:

  • Learn 9 ways to become a better teacher by developing a positive mindset.
  • Links to dozens of free resources curated by our experts to help you both in and outside the classroom.
  • Clear steps to improve your teaching and general well-being.

Sign up for a premium membership to get your Ultimate Back-to-School Guide absolutely free!

SIGN UP TO CLAIM YOUR FREE GIFT

ultimate back-to-school guide for teachers

Register