I start off my literacy lessons by introducing the letter of the week (check out How I Use Letters of the Week)
Then I like to have a little fun! For letter u I like to play the U-Turn game! I lay out some string, or tape, or go outside and chalk a giant letter U. We talk about what it looks like when we are making it. Then we pretend to drive in cars and make a U-TURN as we follow the letter!!! Kids love driving pretend cars! I encourage the car engine 'noises' to be u sounds; /uuuuuuu/ /uuuuuuu/ :) That's what a car sounds like doesn't it?!? ;)
I also have them play U is for /u/ /u/ unscramble! Print their names on a sheet of paper, cut them out and hide them around the room. When they find the pieces, set them out and help then to UNSCRAMBLE the letters to spell their name! Older kids, or those well versed in name recognition, can unscramble their last names, or even some letter u sight words (up, unzip, ugly, etc.)
Next I like to play /u/ /u/ up with the U game! Help the littles to draw a letter u on a balloon. Have them try to keep hitting the letter u UP! Every time they hit the balloon I have them shout /u/ /u/ UP! It's also super fun for the kiddos to go outside and throw things (balls, rolled up paper, pompoms, etc.) UP! I
U Toss (horseshoes) is fun as well! If you don't have any of those plastic ones you can make a DIY version like this one from Highlights! Be sure to talk about how the horseshoe looks like a letter u! Turn it upside down...what letter does it look like now??
Design your own /u/ /u/ underwear! So much fun!!
Here are some of our designs from last year! (templates below)
There are tons of other crafts out there if you aren't a fan of underpants, or want to add more craftiness to your day! Check these out or google your own! When you are picking a craft, think about how much you want them to be able to do themselves, how much prep/cutting there is, and whether materials are readily available!
Click the pics for links to these ideas below!
Time to get Jolly!! For this letter I like to have an actual umbrella to show then the action.
Skip ahead to u and practice a few times. Then "Get those ants ready!" I have the littles shout the letter names as they appear on the screen before each song!
We end off our day singing some letter u songs like this one...
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/