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It's ABC, As Easy As 1-2-3!

Students will explore initial sounds through the creation of a classroom ABC book.

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ABC

Task

Now that you have been studying the alphabet and have become alphabet experts, it is time for you to help teach the alphabet to someone else. In this project, your class will create an electronic ABC book with letters, pictures, and sounds!

Engage

You have probably been sharing books on the alphabet like Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and Dr. Seuss’s ABC. These help make learning and using the alphabet fun and help students begin thinking about how letters associate with sounds and words.

Once students have developed some expertise with the alphabet, let them know that they will be creating a book to teach other students. Share the A to Z book in the online resources and then read Chris Van Allsburg’s book, “The Z was Zapped.”

Explain to the class that to finish your Classroom ABC book, each student will be responsible for one letter of the alphabet (or more if your class size is small). Allow the students to choose their letter, or assign them based on student ability.

Create

Have students create a page in Wixie or Pixie and add images from the Stickers Library of additional objects that begin with this letter. Show students how to open different folders and how to add a sticker to their page. Save their letter file.

Have each student record a sentence about their letter and things that begin with the letter. Save their letter file and have them Share Team Project from the Wixie button or the Projects button in Pixie.

Share

Once all of the files have been shared via the Projects button, you need to combine them together. Create a new project with a title page.

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Use the Import Pages function to add in each student's file. When all pages have been inserted you can click the storyboard view from the View options on the bottom left of Pixie. Here you can rearrange the pages to place in alphabetical order.

sample page for letter b

Share the Wixie project URL or export the file as a video or HTML from Pixie and share online.

Share the ABC book in its interactive form on a classroom web site or present it from a local computer. Have students discuss the page they created and share how they chose each sticker to match the letter.

Assessment

By the time you start this project, you will have already introduced each letter of the alphabet. Creating an alphabet book will require students to apply what they know about a letter.

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Your first opportunity to assess comprehension is with their choice of a picture for their cool letter. As students look for art and stickers with the same initial sound, ask them about their choices to help determine comprehension and identify misconceptions. Each student’s voice narration about their choices will give you insight into oral proficiency and reading fluency.

Resources

Seuss, Dr. Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! Random House ISBN-10: 0679882812

Martin, Jr., Bill and Archambault, John. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Aladdin. ISBN: 068983568X

Van Allsburg, Chris. (1987) The Z was Zapped - A Play in 26 Acts. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0395446120

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Standards

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts - Kindergarten

Speaking and Listening Standards

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Language Standards

Conventions of Writing
1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

NETS K-2 Performance Standards:

1. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies. (1)

2. Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities. (1, 3)

5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom. (2)

6. Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology. (2)

7. Practice responsible use of technology systems and software. (2)

8. Create developmentally appropriate multimedia products with support from teachers, family members, or student partners. (3)

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