Dragons Love Tacos Letter Activities
Fridays are our favorite day of the week here at Ascend - SMARTER Intervention because we love getting to share games and activities with you!
This month we are talking about early literacy. Early literacy is everything a child needs to know about reading and writing before he or she can read or write.
Our Freebie ties into our blog post all about The Alphabetic Principle. If you haven’t seen the blog yet, check it out here: https://www.smartalecresources.com/blog/the-secret-you-need-to-know-before-teaching-your-child-the-alphabet
WHAT IS IT?
The alphabetic principle is understanding the relationship between letter symbols and their sounds. While some children may already know the alphabet song - the alphabet is about so much more. It's about connecting the letters to the sounds they make, and being able to sequence letters appropriately This is an important skill that students must have in order to easily move forward as a young reader.
This Freebie is the world's cutest activity, and it is aimed directly at developing the alphabetic principle by using one of our favorite story books, Dragons Love Tacos.
HOW WE USE IT?
There are two games in this Freebie. The first is Match the Letter. This is a fun, simple activity to practice pairing upper and lower-case letters.
Next, is the Alphabet Sequencing Cards. There are three different sets of cards with varying levels of difficulty. Start with the green dragon set, move to the blue dragons, and finally the orange dragons for the most difficult. There is an additional set with no dragons which requires recognition and production of smaller letters.
Students will fill in the missing letter to complete each alphabet sequence.
It is important for students to learn this skill as sequencing is a task in which many students struggle. The goal is to get students moving away from simply singing the song and recognizing the pattern within the alphabet.
WHAT CHALLENGES MIGHT COME UP?
At first, students may need to refer to an image of the alphabet to recall or sequence the letters. They may also need to recite the alphabet to find the missing letter.