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Alphabet > Letter S > S is for Snail

Animals
> Endangered > Insects | Bugs > Ocean | Seashore > Snail

Holidays and Events >
*April > Int'l Week of the Ocean
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Alphabet

Seasons >
Spring > Garden snail Summer > Beach theme > Sea snail







Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter S.  

Animals > Endangered > Ocean | Seashore > Garden > Pond (Fresh water) > Snail
Visit the snail theme lesson plan activities for animal facts, online learning resources, crafts and other activities to incorporate with this alphabet presentation.

Alphabet Activity > Letter S is for Snail

Present the letter S six-piece online jigsaw puzzle featuring the sea snail, sand dollar and starfish to practice problem solving and view letter S in upper and lower case.  Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Present and display DLTK's teach color poster of a snail and your option of letter S printable activities in the materials column.

Children Age 3 and under
:
* Print a letter S coloring page
D'Nealian or Standard Block font
and select and print a snail
coloring page behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later.  Discuss other letter S words found on the worksheet. 

* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter S'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.

* Children can trace and color the letter S's. After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the ocean theme image.  Write the word sand dollar on the finished coloring page.

Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter S

1. Select and print the handwriting worksheet (ages 4+) and present the Letter S Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.  Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.

Letter S words: 
The worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of a Letter S program of activities to reinforce letter recognition, initial handwriting practice and to identify related S words.

Discuss other letter S words and images (refer to 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 examples.  You can print letter S in a different bright color to make it stand out.  You can also display letter S posters and coloring pages or make a letter S classroom book.  For related images visit:  Letter S Printable Materials.

*Finger and Pencil Tracing
  *Trace letter S's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet.  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 S's:  Have the children find all the letter S's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle them first.  Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter S's and then discuss the locations with the poster and worksheet.

Letter S Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The word search game features a snail and letter S words with pictures and handwriting practice.


Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a snail behind the page or print a snail coloring page
.

2.  Drawing and writing paper  Encourage children to draw, color and decorate a snail and write letter S s.  Share some images of a real snail to inspire the children.



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