Prior to Lesson:
Find a place in your room that will be your Letter of the Day or Week. This area needs to have space for letter boxes and a place to hang up the items to be shared. Gather small items that begin with the letter to be taught. Beanie Babies are a hit! I also use theme or holiday related items. If you plan ahead, students can bring in items too. Place these items on a whiteboard in the room using magnetic clips. Push pins can be used for bulletin boards.
I have the students sitting on a carpeted area in front of the board.
I asked student to guess what the letter of the week is by looking at the items on the Letter Board. After the letter is guessed. The students help label the items. I write the items name below it on the board.
Next the students tell me a sentence to write about the item. I write the sentences on chart paper. In the beginning of the year, I start with a very basic sentence using sight words. EX. I see a bug. I see a ball. As the year progesses, I change the sentences. Ex. There is a koala. There is a kite.
After sentences are written, students are selected to read the sentences. We than can discuss punctuation, capital letters, etc. The chart paper can be placed around the room. Students enjoy using them in their writing during the year. I use the sentences later in the year in teaching lessons on writing more descriptive sentences. Ex. I see a red bug. I see a red bug flying in the air.
At the end of the day or week, the items used for the letter lesson are then placed in small plastic containers labeled with the letter and name of the item and placed on a shelf for student exploration throughout the year. These items are housed in the writing center.
The children love to be able to write about these items throughtout the year.
If you have other ideas for the letter of the week, I would love to hear from you!