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At the beginning of the lessons I usually show the clip from the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD for the featured letter and we practice singing the letter sound. Then I introduce the topic for the day and we do a letter craft based around it.
Books We Read:
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss
Very informative but in an entertaining way!
Play This Book by Jessica Young
Interactive book that lets kids pretend to play a variety of instruments.
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
It follows the tune of “This Old Man” and is fun to sing the book.
Mole Music by David McPhail
A sweet story about the power of music
Activities We Did:
-Before gluing the instruments onto the I for our letter craft I had the kids match the instruments to their shadows.
–Listened to the sounds various instruments make and then colored that instrument on the coloring sheet
-Used my laminated instrument cut outs as we sang these songs:
-(To the tune of “Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we play the ______, play the __________, play the _________.
This is the way we play the ______ in the orchestra.
-(To the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”)
____ _____ _____ the ______
____ it loud and clear
to tell the children everywhere that music time is here.
Snack We Ate:
Pretzel sticks that the kids laid out in I formations before eating
We always end our lesson with reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and adding the letter to our coconut tree.
I normally do two different lessons in the week (each on the same letter and a different topic), but for time’s sake will only be typing up details here on one of the topics. Below is a picture of some the books and activities I did for my I is for Insect lesson. If you would like any additional information or ideas about it, don’t hesitate to ask: