Saturday, November 8, 2008

an alphabet extension

The Letter Dice Game is a popular lesson extension in our school. The main purpose of this activity is to provide children with letter writing practice, but it's also an exercise in matching, letter recognition, and initial sound/letter association.

This is an o, k, z, q, l dice. The corresponding worksheet has a column for each of these letters. When first associating initial sounds with letters of the alphabet, we always use the same pictures. So, at the top of the "o" column, there's a picture of an octopus - k-kite, z-zebra, q-queen, l-lamp. I'll try to go into more detail on all of that sometime soon, but the gist of it is that we say the sounds, not the names, of the letters.

Anyway, the child rolls the dice. If he gets a "z," he traces a "z." The star column is kind of a free space - if the child rolls a star, he can write whatever letter he wants (usually, he makes a star, though :). It's a "race" to see which letter will cross the "finish line" first, second, third, etc. The children really enjoy this!


  1. I totally have this in my class...something is a lot of fun..we call it the letter race...I also have it for the math shelf...I use film canisters & put lima beans colored on one side & the child rolls out the beans & counts away...quite Yahtzee..that's called the bean race. 1-5 & 6-10 ..are grouped together.

  2. Thank you for explaining that! I'm so going to get that going in my classroom. I can think of a LOT of children who will love it!
    Looks like I know what I'm doing with my afternoon!!!!!


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