Learn About Letters Together: Sandpaper Writing ("Cc")

  • chart paper
  • glue
  • markers
  • sandpaper sheets

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: Sandpaper Writing ("Cc")

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ELA Focus Skills: Letter Recognition, Small Motor Skills, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: Display a large uppercase and lowercase letter "Cc" on chart paper for children to see. Place a star at the starting point for writing each letter. For each child, cut out of sandpaper one uppercase “C” and one lowercase “c.” Glue letters onto heavy paper and place a star at the starting point for writing each letter.

Use the “Sandpaper Writing Routine” to help children begin to “write” the letters “Cc.” Tell children they are going to learn how to write the letter “Cc.” 

Sandpaper Writing Routine

  • Stand so you can demonstrate tracing the letters and then watch children as they trace their uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Instruct children to copy you and place their pointer finger on the star.
  • With your pointer or index finger, begin at the star and trace the letter.
  • Think aloud as you show children the direction to move their finger as they form the letter.
  • Comment on the special features of the letter shape (curved lines, straight line, up, down, bump, etc.)
  • Talk with children about the likenesses and differences between the uppercase and lowercase forms.

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. 

Adaptation: For very young children, you may need to hold each child’s hand and make the “C” shape several times. Then ask him or her to do it alone.

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