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A is for Apple: Building Letter-Recognition Fluency

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A is for Apple: Building Letter-Recognition Fluency

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Flagstaff, Arizona


International Literacy Association



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From Theory to Practice



Learning to recognize letters is an integral part of most kindergarten programs. The challenge is to keep students' interest while practicing until they are fluent. This lesson meets that challenge using a variety of activities. Your students will apply their knowledge of letters and letter sounds as they play games and interact with letters online, using what they see and learn to create their own ABC book.

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  • ABC Match: In this online interactive game, your students can match a letter to a word with or without a timer.

  • My ABC Book: This handout allows your students the opportunity to visit different alphabet sites and go on a letter hunt to find different words that begin with each letter.

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Duffelmeyer, F. (2002). Alphabet activities on the Internet. The Reading Teacher, 55(7), 631-635.

  • Most letters' names are similar to the sounds they make, so knowing the names of letters leads to a better understanding of letter sounds.

  • Understanding letter sounds helps young children with beginning reading and writing skills.

  • Becoming fluent in letter recognition helps children to become more familiar and at ease with the alphabet.

  • Allowing students to interact with letters in a variety of learning experiences helps to build their letter recognition fluency.

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