Two Kindergarten classes have been collaborating with me in the library to support their study of the alphabet. First students came to the library for a lesson on alphabet books. We explored numerous alphabet books, upper/lowercase letters, and the sounds letters make. I used LMNO Peas by Keith Baker to look specifically at upper/lowercase letters. Next, we used Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans to continue looking at upper and lowercase letters, but in an animal format. We put each illustration under the document camera, guessed what letter the animal was making, looked at the standard upper/lowercase letter, and talked about how the animal’s name started with the letter. We ended with Alphabet Explosion: Search and Count from Alien to Zebra by John Nickle. We put a few illustrations under the document camera and had students identify as many things as they could find that started with the letter of the alphabet represented on the page. At the close, students checked out an alphabet book from our wide selection.
In class, students were each assigned a letter of the alphabet. They decorated an uppercase & lowercase letter, added an illustration that represented that letter, and wrote the word for the illustration. They also began practicing saying the letter, the sound it makes, and the word for their illustration. In small groups, they brought their finished illustrations to the library to use the scanner to scan their images. While students waited to scan, they continued practicing their scripts. After 2 days of scanning, I imported all of their pictures into Photo Story. Then, in small groups they came back to record their scripts for their assigned letter(s). Once again, while students waited, they practiced. After all students recorded their voices, I finalized the Photo Story and uploaded it to Youtube. The students will come back to the library the next time they check out books for a premiere of their video, but you can get a sneak peek of one class below.