There are many ways for kids to learn the alphabet from the classic ABC song to books, flashcards and videos. Then, when they’ve memorized the ABC’s they learn about capital vs. lowercase letters. This can be done using matching exercises and games. One way to help children expand the learning is through context. This activity gives them a meaningful way to use capital and lowercase letters in a simple sentence.
Capital or lowercase? Alphabet Activity for Kindergarten or Preschool
You will need:
- scissors (one per child)
- glue sticks (one per child)
- computer/printer or marker
- for alternative method: tape or felt
Write or type a simple sentence that starts with a name (with a blank for the missing letter) and has the same letter in middle or end of the sentence that should be lowercase (with a blank for the letter). Talk about how people’s names always begin with a capital letter. Let them know that sentences always begin with a capital letter. Have them cut out the capital and lowercase letter and glue them in the appropriate spaces in the sentence.
This activity can be done individually, as a small group or in a large classroom. If you are doing it individually or in a small group, it is fun to use the children’s names. If you are doing this activity with a large class, you can substitute the names of the children for the name of a character in a book you are reading as a class. That way, you can print out one activity sheet for the whole class. Alternatively, you could do this activity on a dry erase board with tape or make pieces for a felt board. Students can come up one at a time and put in the missing letters.
Here are some alphabet and letter sounds resources that I recommend:
We love the Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory and many of the other Leapfrog dvds. We own most of their learning DVD’s and have gotten our money’s worth and then some in the learning they continue to provide.
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