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using abc arc to match letters in book

Alphabet arcs...The alphabet written or placed in an arc shape to help students learn their abcs.  You can find printed abc arcs to use individually for students at their desks.  Or you can use magnetic letters on your easel for a literacy center.  I like to use the arcs with books since I try to tie everything I teach into real reading activities.  

There are many different ways to use the arc with abc books.

-  match capitals in book to capitals in arc
-  match capitals in book to lower case in arc
-  find letter in book on arc and name the letter that comes before it
-  find letter in book on arc and name the letter that comes after it
-  place some of the letters on the arc (a, l, z) and students fill in the other 
    letters in the correct abc order

These are some of our favorite ABC books besides the favorite go-to abc book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. 

abc books to use in classroom

What ways do you use abc arcs?  Do your students have a favorite abc book that they love?  I am always looking for new books! 


  1. I've never heard of an abc arc. How crazy is that?! Thanks for teaching me something new. My kids love Alphabet Mystery and Alphabet Adventure.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I made my arcs on poster board by tracing my magnetic letters. On one side I traced the entire alphabet for a matching activity. On the other side I had an arc with the letters A, N, so the child would work on putting the letters in order. I made this for lower case letters too.

  3. I've never heard of ABC arcs either! What a simple but oh so cool idea! Thank you.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  4. what is the benefit to an arc versus a line?

  5. I collect alphabet books and just yesterday came across a new must have- A Isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet. I also love Shiver Me Letters. (I'm a little fixated on pirates.)

  6. I used ABC arcs the last two years while teaching 1st grade...I called out CVC words and they would pull down letters and spell the word.

  7. Thanks for the new titles of books, Tammy! I always like to hear of new books!

  8. dbednars, those are great activities! Thank you for sharing them and how you made them!

  9. Thank you Barbara! Just another simple way of using the alphabet. :)

  10. Melissa, some children can visualize on the arc better than in a straight line. With the arc, you have a mid point at the top. They can visualize from the beginning to the midpoint then the midpoint to the end for where the letters fall on that arc. Just breaks it up a bit more than one continuous line. Not all students will need that though. Thank you for asking!

  11. My Down-Time, thank you for the new titles! Those sound like great books (more for me to check into). :)

  12. Kim, that is another great activity! Thank you for adding that to the list! I like that!

  13. HeidiSongs blog has a free alphabet arc download to print out! :)

  14. Thank you for that tip, weety! Good to know!


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