Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alphabet Hats!

Teaching letters and letter sounds is so much fun! I love seeing my students face light up when they learn a letter, a letter sound, and/or recognize a letter inside or outside of the classroom. I decided I wanted to add even more fun into my routine of teaching letters and sounds and have just finished making Alphabet Hats!! These alphabet hats are full of handwriting practice, letter recognition, phonics, and more!

I made a hat for each letter of the alphabet A-Z! I tried to pack in as much as I could to not only make these alphabet hats cute, but to also be an effective learning hat! Not to mention incredibly stylish!! :) 

What is even better is that I designed these hats so that the students can do almost all of the assembly of the hat on their own! All you need to do is staple the bands together! 


Each hat will have students coloring or rainbow writing a large uppercase and lowercase letter. Students will also trace the uppercase and lowercase letter on the front of the hat as well as the bands of the hat. You can have them trace the letters with a pencil, crayons, or markers!! (We all know how excited our kiddos get when we say MARKERS!)

They will also get a strip of different pictures where they have to determine which pictures have the same beginning sound as the letter they are working on. Your students will glue only those pictures on the front of their hats and throw away the pictures that do not have the correct beginning sound.

As I mentioned, the assembly is very easy! I included step-by-step and picture-by-picture directions.

Here is a look at 2 different letter hats! One hat has rainbow writing with tracing of the letters with markers. The other hat has the letters colored in on the front and the letters traced with pencil on the band.
   





You can grab these fun filled Alphabet Hats at my TPT Store or click on the picture below:

2 comments:

  1. Hi Jamie!
    I continue to follow you and love your ideas! Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures and explaining the ideas! I wanted to let you know that I loved using the Parent Flip Book. It was a success this past week at our Open House. I used the binding machine since I bind everything in my classroom! The flip book looked GREAT!
    For your letter hats, do you do this activity as large group? I have a group of kids who know everything, just wondering!
    Thanks,
    Maryann
    brennemm@carlisleschools.org

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  2. Hi Maryann! Thank you so much for your absolutely kind words! It really means so much to me and thank you for you support and following my blog. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed my parent handbook flip book. I LOVE the idea of binding them together :)

    Great question for the alphabet hats! After doing these alphabet hats as a whole group with my students, I noticed and realized that these hats can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some ways I thought about using them:

    1. Have students trace the letters on the bands of the alphabet hat for morning work or after teaching about the letter. The first day of teaching a letter, I like to focus on how to form the letter. I was thinking this might be great practice for morning work the next day.

    2. Have students complete the front of the hat with the beginning sound match after focusing on the letter. I was thinking of doing this on the second day of teaching the letter as a whole group.

    3. Have students complete the front of the hat in a small group to focus on beginning sounds with that group.

    4. This can also be a great centers activity!

    5. You can do as I did the first time we made the hats and have your students make them in a whole group.

    I hope this helps and gives you some ideas. Thank you again :)

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    Jaime

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