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Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

May 01, 2004

Little Letters

little_letters.gif Little Letters consists of 26 colorful wooden lower-case letters which snugly fit into an equally colorful wooden jigsaw picture, beginning with the same letter. Only the correct letter will fit into its corresponding picture. Children are naturally curious to see how many letters they can find the correct illustration for.

Set-up
The teacher/parent takes the letters and illustrations out of the wooden box and lays them out on the table, all mixed up, with the letters and illustrations face-up.

Method of Play
The students sit around the table or on the floor. When the teacher says "Go!", the students try to match/assemble as many letters and corresponding illustrations as they can. When all have been assembled, the teacher asks the students to put their sets (letter and illustration) into ABC order.

Then the teacher asks for the A-set. The student with the A-set hands it to the teacher and says, "A-apple," and the teacher lines it up facing the students. The teacher then asks for the B-set and the student with the B-set hands it to the teacher and says, "B-book." The teacher then places the B-set below the A-set. The teacher then asks for the C-set and it continues as such until all the Little Letter sets have been lined up vertically, with the A-set on the top and the Z-set on the bottom.

The teacher and the students can then say in unison all the letters, initial letter sounds and the corresponding words. At the end the teacher can select one set she/he especially likes. For example, "I like dogs." Next, the student to the left selects another set and says, "I like..." This continues until all the students have selected a set they like.

At the conclusion, the students take one set at a time and place the set in the box saying the letter and the word. All the sets fit snugly into the Little Letters wooden box. This is always a fun challenge because they have to be assembled a certain way to fit in perfectly.

The vocabulary learned via Little Letters is as follows:

a-apple
b-ball
c-cat
d-dog

e-elephant
f-fish
g-gorilla
h-hammer

i-insect
j-jellyfish
k-kite
l-lion

m-monkey
n-newspaper
o-octopus
p-piano

q-queen
r-rabbit
s-strawberry
t-tiger
u-umbrella

v-violin
w-whale
x-x-ray
y-yo-yo
z-zebra

Little Letters is a good hands-on activity which enables children to "touch" English through their eyes and fingertips.

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