This activity is designed to increase letter recognition specifically for the letter L. In addition, it will assist your child with concepts of number recognition, understanding how letters are parts of words, writing skills, sentence structure, and reading comprehension as it pertains to listening, understanding, and recalling action through demonstration. This activity can be modified for any letter of the alphabet for the purpose of reading and/or enhanced development of phonological processes.
- "Practice Writing Ll printable"
- Leaping Lizards printable
- Highlighter or yellow crayon
- Sticky notes
- Two sheets of blank paper - (I used 1.5x2" sticky notes and construction paper for the number mat. The sticky notes fit perfectly both horizontally and vertically.)
- Use the link above to print off Leaping Lizards and the writing practice sheet for the letter Ll.
- Cut Leaping lizard pages apart and staple together in order so the staples are at the top of the book, not along the sides. This way he can focus on just one picture at a time during the activity.
- Tape two blank pages together along the 8.5 inch side to form one long rectangle. Then divide the rectangle into ten sections using the marker to make nine vertical lines across the paper. Two inches down from the top make a horizontal line across the paper. Label the sections from 1-10.
- Write the following numbers on pieces of sticky notes; 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8.
- Attach the pieces of sticky notes under their corresponding numbers on the number mat.
- Show him the number mat with the attached sticky notes. Ask him to find number one across the top. Then help him point to each number as you count to ten.
- Ask him to locate a specific number. If he is not able to locate the number correctly, teach the strategy for starting back at number 1, counting, and pointing to each number as he says it out loud. He should stop when he hears the number you initially asked him to find. Do this several times until he gets confident in finding the numbers. Point out the sticky notes. Ask him to tell you how many 5's there are, etc.
- Encourage him to practice making zips and zooms on the back side of the paper. Help him hold his pencil using the correct form and discuss the idea of zips (like zippers that go up and down) and zooms (like a car zooming down a racetrack). Take the discussion further by introducing circles. Zips, zooms, and circles are the main strokes in creating alphabet letters. Once he gets these strokes down, he will be well on his way to writing his name, copying words from picture books, and before you know it, he will be writing you precious notes.
- Then trace the L's on the front side of the page. Once his fine motor skills develop, he will be able to write smaller straighter lines. For now, though, praise him for his efforts.
- Begin with the cover of the book. What is the book about? What do you know about lizards? What is another name for the word leaping (jumping)?
- Take the highlighter and have him point out the L's on the page and count them. Then direct him to the number mat to locate the number that represents the number of L's on the page. Place the sticky note on the page.
- Continue on to the first page of the story. Look at the picture, read the sentence together, act out the sentence if possible, highlight the L's, and place the corresponding sticky note on the page. As you continue through the book, encourage him to use the highlighter to reveal the letters.
- Act out each page and add a sentence to the bottom of each page. (For example, Ava is a big lizard. Ava likes to jump. Ava leaps over ladybugs. Ava leaps over rice. Ava laughs when she leaps. Ava jumps on Mommy. Ava catches lightning bugs. Mommy looks silly when she leaps. Ava can't jump over lions either. Ava can't jump over llamas either. Ava is not a little lizard. Ava is ready for lunch. Ava eats lettuce and lemons. Ava is silly, too.)
- Culminate the activity by leaping like lizards to the table for "lunch" and "lemon"ade. When he is finished, he may choose to color the pages of the story.