Pre-assessments for Differentiation Alphabet Theme (…
Pre-assessment used before differentiation
Groups according to assessment results
The 5 students who appear to have limited knowledge about the topic, of which 3 are struggling with language and are at different reading levels and 2 students who have little to no comprehension of the the topic and need to be tested further for special needs
Struggling with language
These students will have the letter and the picture next to the letter to help them sound it and identify the letter.
Alphabet chart used in the classroom
Little to no comprehension
These students will use play dough to explore the letter and will have visuals of objects with that letter. They will also be assisted by the paraprofessional.
5 students who answered most, including the most
difficult questions/confusing letters
These students will identify pictures that begin with that letter and trace the letters and the bottom of the page.
Alphabet Memory game
These students will have the opportunity to match lowercase and capital letters.
The 12 students who appear to have some knowledge about the topic.
Teach the alphabet letter by letter. Not every early childhood teacher uses the Letter of the Week approach; many children learn their alphabet without it . But I’ve found that Letter of the Week has been a helpful structure for me when designing learning activities for struggling students. Even if you use more of a theme or unit approach to teaching preschoolers.