English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).
English Language Arts/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.
Watch Together: “Word Morph: zero–zebra–zinnia” (BTL clip)
ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing, Letter Recognition, Phonological Awareness
Tell children that they are going to watch a short video clip about the letter “Zz.”
- Play the video Between the Lions “Word Morph: zero–zebra–zinnia.”
- After you watch clarify the meaning of unfamiliar words such as zinnia.
Show the video again. Pause after each word so that children can repeat it and point to the letter “Zz” in each word.
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.