Monday, November 14, 2011

Letter of the Day Interactive Activities

Price: Free!
Grade Recommendation: PreK - 1st
Subject: Reading
Specific Skill: Letter recognition
Levels: 1
Players: 1
For iPad, iPod, or Both: Both

This app was developed by one of my favorite 'teacher stores' - Lakeshore Learning. Its colorful and simple format is quite appealing. Users start by choosing any letter of the alphabet to complete the 'All About ______' sentence at the top of the screen. Students can began exploring the chosen letter by reading and/or listening to the provided chant.

"Kim does karate kicks at the Kansas Zoo. /k/ /k/ /k/ Keep kicking, Kim!"

Around the chant box are four mystery boxes. In each one, students have to touch the picture that shows an object that starts with the chosen letter. The pictures have the words written on them and the device reads the name of the object when the picture is touched.

Selecting the 'more' arrow at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen provides students with the opportunity to trace the letter several times. A virtual eraser is included with the activity.

This app is a fantastic choice for use with students working on recognizing and writing letters.

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