Learn About Letters Together: Letter (“Pp”) Dictionary

  • index cards (large)
  • letter card “Pp”
  • picture dictionary
  • word cards (beginning letter “Pp”)

  • dictionary

MA Standards:

Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1.d: Recognize and name some uppercase letters of the alphabet and the lowercase letters in one’s own name.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Alphabet Knowledge: Recognizes that the letters of the alphabet are a special category of visual graphics that can be individually named.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 7: Develop familiarity with the forms of alphabet letters, awareness of print, and letter forms.

Learn About Letters Together: Letter (“Pp”) Dictionary

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ELA Focus Skills: Letter Recognition, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: Prepare word cards that begin with the letter "Pp" (include color words, i.e., paint, paintbrush, purple). Leave space on each card for children to illustrate the word.

Display the letter “Pp” card and ask children to identify the letter.

Next, display a simple picture dictionary.

  • Explain that a dictionary is a book that lists words and what they mean.
  • Flip through the pages, noting that the words are all in alphabetical order, or in the same order they are in the alphabet: A, then B, then C, and so on.

Move ahead to the “Pp” page. Point to the first letter of the word and ask,

  • What is the first letter in this word?
  • Repeat with other words, helping children realize that the words on that page begin with the letter “Pp.”

Give children the “Pp” cards and have them identify the letter “Pp” in each word. Put the cards together in a book and have children illustrate their mini-dictionary for the letter “Pp.”

Take It Further: Have children make up a story using “Pp” words from the mini-dictionary. You may want to display action “Pp” pictures for children to use as well.<

Educator Tip: Guided and independent letter, sound, and word practice continues to take place in center activities. It is helpful to set up the literacy center immediately after the direct instruction and repeat instruction before children work in the literacy center identifying letters.

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