Talk Together: Review the Alphabet and the Library

  • Between the Lions alphabet chart
  • charts from the week
  • children's drawings from the week
  • alphabet
  • borrow
  • communicate
  • different
  • explore
  • information
  • letter
  • library
  • observe

MA Standards:

Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1: With guidance and support, demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of printed and written text: books, words, letters, and the alphabet.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1a: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Language/L.PK. MA.1: Demonstrate use of oral language in informal everyday activities.
Language/L.PK.MA.4: Ask and answer questions about the meanings of new words and phrases introduced through books, activities, and play.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity: Demonstrates eagerness to learn about and discuss a range of topics, ideas, and tasks.
Logic & Reasoning/Problem Solving: Uses past knowledge to build new knowledge.
Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Engages in communication and conversation with others.
Language Development/ Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge: Shows interest in shared reading experiences and looking at books independently.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.

Talk Together: Review the Alphabet and the Library

© Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care (Jennifer Waddell photographer). All rights reserved.

Educator Prep: Print out the Between the Lions alphabet chart or create an alphabet chart on chart paper.

Review what children have learned about the alphabet and the library this week. Use the lists, charts, and artwork children made while exploring. Ask questions such as,

  • What are the letters of the alphabet usually used for? (make words/to communicate information)
  • Where did you see letters inside and outside the school? Have you seen letters anywhere else that we haven’t added to our list yet?
  • Can you name some different types of books you can find at the library? What other things can you find at the library?
  • Do you get to keep the books you borrow from the library? Why or why not?
  • What would you do if you wondered about something and wanted to find more information about it? (ask questions, observe, look it up in a book, etc.)

Encourage children to dictate or write new ideas about the alphabet and the library on the charts that they created this week. 

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