Preschool Differentiation: Letter Name Identification by Danielle Nichols…
Preschool Differentiation: Letter Name Identification
by Danielle Nichols
This group already has a strong understanding of letter names and will be challenged with introduction to phonics and CVC words.
Hairy Letters click for link
This is an iPad application in which students can select a letter and the corresponding phonics sound is played with an animation. Then they can practice tracing and letter formation. When students complete single letters, CVC words and formations become available.
Word Building Kit click for link
Students will make cvc words and practice sounding them out by using popsicle sticks with cvc words written on them and making them with magnetic letters
This group already knows some letters but needs further reinforcement
Alpha-band click for link
Each rhythm instrument (shaker, tambourine, drum, etc) would be labeled with an uppercase letter. The teacher would review each letter with the instrument, and then assign instruments to each student. Students would listen to songs that say letter names, such as Dr. Jean’s “The Alphabet’s in My Mouth” and “Who Let the Letters Out” and shake their instrument when they hear the matching letter name. Instruments would be swapped to ensure that students are practicing with multiple letters.
In this game, students are given a random assortment of foam letters and a basket. When the teacher calls out a certain letter, students check if they have the same letter and if they do they put it in their basket. First student to clear their basket is the winner!
This group has low to no knowledge of the alphabet and letter names and needs introduction and reinforcement
Letters can be traced using different mediums such as shaving foam and sand
Students can form letters using playdough on mats which outline each letter
Letter matching click for link
Students can use these worksheets to find matching letters and color them with bingo bottle painters
Alphabet yoga click for link
Physical movement and action to help remember letters
Allowing for different types of answering
If student doesn't respond verbally to question, ask student to point or find alternative ways to check for understanding
English Language Learners
Using TPR and gestures
Helping students understand through physical gestures and creating motions and movements that will help them remember letter names
Using different songs to help students remember letter names