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letter expert activity to learn ABCs

We have been working extra hard at learning our letters in my kindergarten classes.  One of the many activities that we do and one that the students LOVE is I'm A Letter Expert.  The kids will ask for it when they come into class!  They want to know who's turn is it to be the expert.  :)

First we start with our letter expert's name on the wipe off board.  We chant it and practice spelling it:  R-E-A-G-A-N, who's that spell REAGAN!  We do this a couple of times.  

While we are chanting, the Letter Expert gets to sit in the special Letter Expert Chair- AKA cafe style chair.  They LOVE getting to sit in special chair to be the expert!

letter expert's special chair

Then magnetic letters go into a basket or small container.  We use the letters in their name plus a couple of letters that are not in their name. 

letter expert and letter basket

Our letter expert shakes the basket or container to mix the letters.  Then students come up to draw out a letter.  They name the letter and ask our Letter Expert if they are correct or not.  If they are not correct, the Letter Expert gets to help them name the letter.  

Then the student turns to the board and checks to see if the letter they drew out is in the Letter Expert's name.  They point to it if it is and then place it under yes on the chart.  If it is not in the Letter Expert's name it goes on the no side.

letter expert board to learn ABC's

After all the letters have been drawn out and placed under yes or no, we then practice writing our Letter Expert's name.  You can take it a step farther and have students draw a picture of the student, color it, and make it into a class book.  

I've told my students we will do more letter experts this week.  And I know they will hit the door Monday asking who the Expert is for that day!!

18 comments:

  1. That is such a great idea! Love the special chair!
    Literacy Minute

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  2. They love their names and they love being experts. Wonderful idea Lori!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  3. What a great idea! I bet the kiddos love it (and I know my kinder daughter will!)

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  4. That's a very cute idea. I can see why they love it:)

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

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  5. I love this idea! Now I can do this with my Kindergarteners tomorrow. Thanks.

    Kimberley
    1stinmaine.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  7. Thanks Sandi! They love to climb up in that chair and feel special!

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  8. Thanks so much Lisa!! Glad you liked it!

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  9. Thank you Tammy! They do love anything with their names and being called an expert!

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  10. Thanks so much Stephanie! I appreciate you coming by! :)

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  11. They do like it Barbara! I had several days of who is the letter expert today? :) Thanks!

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  12. Thank you Kimberley! I hope your kids love it too!

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  13. Thank you Erica! Thanks for coming by!

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  14. Love it! Can't wait to do it with my kinder kiddos. We've been doing a lot with names and some still need practice with letters so this will be another way to do that.

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  15. Lee Ann, my kinders look forward to this activity and ask about every day if we are doing Letter Expert today! Hope yours enjoy it too!

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