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Letter A > A is for Astronaut
Holidays and Events >
* May - Space Day - 1st Friday
* July 20th, 1969 - Moon Landing
*October 4-10 > World Space Week
Science > Outer Space
Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter A. Review and visit the themes column for related activities and crafts.
This is activity day 5 of Letter A Impact Poster lesson plan
Alphabet Activity: Letter A is for Astronaut
Present and display the color poster and distribute your choice of coloring page for a first introduction for younger children or extended handwriting worksheet for advanced Pre-K and higher.
Finger and Pencil Tracing:
Trace letter A's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.
Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil, and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers (on the upper right corner) that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
Find the letter A's: Have the children find all the letter A's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter A's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
Letter A words:
Letter A Activity Worksheet Program and Mini-Book can be used as part of Letter A program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related A words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Discuss other letter A words and images (refer to letter activity worksheet above): First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with example. You can print letter A in a different bright color to make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display letter A posters and coloring pages or even make a letter A classroom book. For related images visit: Letter A Printable Materials.
Letter A Printable Games: Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The eight-word search game features other letter A words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced Handwriting Practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper. Have children draw an astronaut behind the lined paper or print an astronaut coloring page to color and decorate after writing practice.
2. Drawing and writing paper: encourage children to draw and color an astronaut and handwriting practice.