Literacy Centers

Weekly Literacy Center Plans Related to Alphabet Program

In the link below you will find weekly Literacy Center plans related to the "Alphabet Program".
Weekly Literacy Center Lesson Plans

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Initial Letter and Sound Recognition Activities

Alphabet Picture Cards
As a member of the Kinderplans website you will have access to over 156 alphabet picture cards.  There are approximately 6 pictures per letter sheet.  I have outlined  a number of ways these cards can be used in your Literacy Centers.  The pictures cards have been carefully selected so they can be copied in either color or black and white.

Alphabet Picture Cards
Used for Sorting

Alphabet Picture Cards
Used for Literacy Games

Cartoon Picture Cards 
From Animated 
Song Video


Cartoon Picture Cards 

The cartoon alphabet  picture cards are related to the Alphabet Sight Word Readers and Animated Alphabet Video.  These can be used for letter recognition activities.

Animated Alphabet Video

Phonemic Awareness Games

How to Play the Game
This is a partner game that would need to be monitored by an adult (this is why it is a good game to play at home).   Each student takes a turn rolling a die and moving their game player accordingly.  They must say the name of the picture they land on and verbally tell what sound they hear first.

Rolling Dice Phonics Game

Rolling Dice Sound Letter Recognition Game

The board game above would be used.  The students would be given one of the game cards below.  They roll a die and mark off the letter that represents that sound on their game card found in the links below:

Card Sets

Customized Spinning Top Board Game
My students really enjoy this activity.  Cut and paste the picture cards provided on the board, that you wish to focus initial letter sounds.  Each playing partner takes a turn spinning the top.  They must identify the letter that corresponds to the picture where the top lands and mark this off (using a bingo chip) on their game board chart.  The game is over once the game board chart is full.  Template found on the member site.

Classroom Alphabet Book

Each letter within the book is related to the animated video and all the alphabet readers found within the program.  This is placed in one of the literacy centers for the students to look at and read.

Follow-up Activities
The students would match the alphabet letter to the correct picture.  They could use the "Alphabet Book" as a guide. These are related to the animated alphabet video.


Review All Alphabet Letter and Fine-Motor Sample Games From Dinosaur Theme 


 Hunting for a Dinosaur

Digging for
Dinosaur Bones
Searching for
Valuable Gems

Review, review and review.  Once all the alphabet letters and their corresponding sounds have been introduced, I find it necessary to continuously review these throughout the year.  The games above are a fun way for students to review alphabet letters and their corresponding sounds.

Hunting for A Dinosaur Alphabet Review Game
This is a partner game.  Each player is given a picture game board as displayed in the photograph (black and white version also available).  Each game board has different pictures representing different initial sounds.  The players are also given different colored bingo chips.  Each player takes a turn rolling a die and moves that many spaces on the game track.  If they land on a letter representing a picture on their game board, then they can mark this picture off.  If they do not have the picture, they miss their turn.  The game is over once one player has their game board covered in bingo chips.
Click Here to View Video on Smart Board Version of the Game

Dig for the Dinosaur Bones - Be A Paleontologist
Print the letters of the alphabet (could be sight words) on dog bones.  These would be hidden in the sand or rice tub.  The students must dig for the bones and carefully wipe the sand off them.  After, they must match it to the correct picture (in pocket chart) as displayed in the photograph.  Picture cards found in the theme unit and under heading "Alphabet Program - Alphabet Pictures" on the member site.

Search for the Valuable Gems
Print the alphabet letters on decorative gems (found at dollar stores) and place these in a container.  The students must take kitchen tong and try to pick up a gem without looking (great for fine motor development).  After, they take the gem and match it to the correct picture found on the board (available on the member site).

Alphabet Knowledge Activities

Matching Activities

Alphabet Bears for Younger Children

Alphabet Bear Matching

The bear cards are cut and shuffled.  The children are to match the bears with the same alphabet letters.

Matching Alphabet

Alphabet Bears for Older Children

The bears are cut and shuffled.  The children are to match the upper-case letters to the correct lower case letters. The bears could also be placed in the correct alphabet order.

Match Upper-Case and Lower-Case


Alphabet Ordering Activities

Animated Cartoon Pictures
Alphabet Mat
Alphabet Letters
The letters below can be used for the students to place in the correct order in the pocket chart.  They can also be use for identification flash cards.

Alphabet Ordering Letters 

Animated Cartoon Picture  Ordering
The students could place the animated cartoon picture cards in the correct alphabet order.  The pictures are the characters introduced in the animated alphabet video.

Another Alphabet Ordering Game - Great to Play at the Beginning of the Year!
Decorative rocks would have the alphabet letters printed on them, they would be placed in a rice tub to dig out or using a bubble gum machine (look at sight word game outlined below).  The students would order the rocks in the correct alphabet order as shown on the mat template.

Rhyming Activities

36 Rhyming  Picture
Pair Cards
Rhyming  Clip Matching Game
Spin A Rhyme

Rhyming Books
There are a number of printable rhyming books found within the members' site.  Posted below is a sample one.

Rhyme Time Printable Reader

Another Rhyme Time Emergent Reader Printable Book


Rhyming Clip Matching Game
Use the rhyming picture cards to create the game displayed above. Glue a rhyming picture card to a clothespin.  The students must clip the correct picture to the rhyming partner.

Rhyming Card Game

There is a total of 36 rhyming picture pairs as displayed in the  photograph above.  These would be used to introduce the concept of rhyme.  After, the children have gained an understanding of this concept, the cards could be placed in the Literacy Center for the children to play matching games on their own.

Spin-A-Rhyme Game
Playing partners take turns spinning a top and matching the rhyming picture they landed on, to that found found on the game board chart.   The game is over when all the rhyming matches have been marked off.


CVC Games

45 CVC Picture Cards
Vowel in the Middle
Making CVC Words
Making CVC 
Words Using
Poker Chips


45 CVC Picture Cards for Individual Game Creation
The 45 CVC picture cards that are provided  allow you to create your own games.  I have the students draw the word card, read it  and place it on the matching picture.  I have stronger students print the word associated with the picture.  The photographs above give you ideas on how these picture cards can be used.

Making Words Mat

Sight Word Activities

Spin A Sight 

Roll, Move and Say 
A Sight Word

Roll, Say, and Mark Off 
Sight Word
Bubble Gum 
Star Sight Word
Digging For Valuable
Gems Sight
Word Game
Scooping For Popcorn Words


Alphabet Sight Word Readers
The alphabet sight word readers were designed to not only introduce and review initial letters and their corresponding sounds but also to introduce pre-primer and primer sight words.  I believe very strongly that sight words should always be introduced within a meaningful context prior to completing the activities outlined below.

Roll A Number Sight Word
Students roll a number die. I use a 10-sided number die but you can use a blank die instead.  This will vary depending how many numbers you expect the students to know.  They must say the sight word that represents that number using the “Sight Word Chart” as displayed.  I place the chart in a page protector.  If the student is able to say the sight word that represents that number, they can mark this off using an erasable marker.  A blank game board can be found in the link below:

Sight Word Number Game Board

 Bubble Gum Fun Star Sight Word Game 

Decorative rocks would be used in place of gum balls or bubble gum and placed inside a bubble game machine.  Children would take turns inserting a coin and twisting the dial to make the rock(s) roll out.  If the rock(s) have a star on it, then it would be placed on the printable version of their machine game board (shown in the photograph).  They must also say the name of the sight word.  The object of the game is to see who can fill their gum ball machine game board first with rocks.  Rocks that do not have stars on them would be discarded.

Alphabet Game Version
The game would be played similar to the above but instead the alphabet letters would be printed on the decorative rocks.  

Digging for Valuable Gems
Write sight words on larger clear accent gems (found at the dollar store).   Place these in salt or rice tub or another sensory experience.  Students dig for the gems.  Each time they find a gem, they must read the word on it and place it on their game board.  The game is over once a player has their board filled with gems.  See who found the most gems.

Scooping for Popcorn Words Challenge
Print your focus sight or popcorn words on the chart provided (in member site).  Also, print the words on the popcorn templates provided.  It is best to copy the popcorn words on to cardstock and laminate.  Multiple copies of the words should be made and cut.  Place these in a popcorn container (seen these at the dollar store).  The object of the game is to scoop as many popcorn words as possible from the popcorn container with a big spoon.  Each time they set a popcorn word on the chart, they must say that word.  The game is over once  the chart has been filled with all the popcorn words.  How many scoops did it take to fill the chart with popcorn words?  At the end, the students must say each popcorn word while placing it back into the popcorn container.

Don't Crack the Egg Sight Word Game - Great for Developing Fine-Motor!
I found this really nifty set of large clothespins at the Dollar store that are perfect for this game.  You can also use large tweezers. Print your focus sight words on the plastic Easter eggs and place these in an egg carton.  Students take turns picking up the egg without cracking the egg open (not that easy).  If they are able to say the sight word and not crack it during lifting and returning it back into the carton, they score a point  and mark this off on their sight word chart (found on the member site).

Roll the Sight Word(s) Partner Game
The cube in the link below would be copied on card stock, assembled and focus sight word(s) printed on it.  Each player would take a turn rolling the die; if they land on the focus sight word they would say it and mark it off on their game chart.

Sight Word Die

Draw the Sight Word(s)
Place multiple copies of the focus sight word cards in a deck upside down.  Each time they draw the sight word(s) from the pile they say the word and mark this off on their game chart.

Sight Word Cards - Pre-Primer

Sight Word Card - Primer

Sight Word Activities on Pinterest
In the link below you will find more sight word activities that I have pinned on my pinterest board.  These are ideas from other sites.

Sight Word Ideas on Pinterest

View on YouTube Sight Word Games and Activities


Print Awareness and Independent Reading

Print Awareness Litearcy

Making Sentences
Take pages from the alphabet sight words readers and have students arrange the words according to the sentence displayed within the reader.

Independent Reading Emergent Readers
Each time an emergent reader is read during shared and guided reading, a copy of the reader is placed in the Literacy Center for the students to read independently.  Since there has been a great deal activities and readings related to the selection, many of the students can now read these on their own.  I  copy each reader on cardstock using the color version, laminate and bind it. The reader is added to the classroom library.

Alphabet Sight Word Emergent Readers

Word Family Sample Activities

Word Family

Family and Pets
"at and ack"
Word Family

Zoo Theme

"op, all, ock and ick"
Word Family

Ocean Theme

"ug and ut"
Word Family

Bugs Theme
"an, ay, ar, ain"
Word Family

"unk and ank"
Word Family

Space, Saving the Earth and Robots Theme


Printing Book
Note - Picture cards to cut and paste on the sheet is found on the member site under "Alphabet Pictures".

Zaner Bloser Printing Book

Zaner Bloser Printer Book - Another Format

D'Nealian Printing Book

D'Nealian Printing Book - Another Format

Upper-Case Letters - Zaner Bloser

Upper-Case Letters - D'Nealian

Alphabet Practice Sheet -  in the following link you will find a printing practice sheet.  This sheet could also be placed in the center.  It is best to laminate it first.  The children can then go over the letters with an erasable felt.  This way the sheet could be reused. 



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