Letter W Woodpecker Theme
Instructions and Suggestions
Letter W > W is
Birds > Endangered Animals > Forest > Woodpecker
Crafts > DLTK's Printable Woodpecker
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Here are printable materials and some
suggestions to present letter W.
1. Animals > Bird > Endangered > Forest > Woodpeckers
A woodpecker is a bird with a hard, pointed bill for making holes in trees to find insects to eat and to communicate. Their strong claws and stiff tails help them climb trees. Woodpecker are of many different sizes and are found around the world.
Online resources >
* National Geographic Kids Creature Feature > Pileated Woodpecker
* Wikipedia.org > Woodpecker
Four species of woodpeckers are endangered:
Imperial Woodpecker (Mexico)
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Cuba and USA)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (USA)
Tristam's Woodpecker (Korea)
Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Woodpecker
Skills: Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun woodpecker image. The default puzzle is 6 pieces. Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of pieces.
2. Alphabet Activity > Letter W is for Woodpecker
Present and display this cute color poster and your option of letter W printable activities in the materials column.
Children Age 3 and under:
* Print a letter W coloring page
D'Nealian or Standard Block font and a woodpecker coloring image 1 or 2 behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later. Discuss other letter W words found on the worksheet.
* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter W'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 W's. After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the woodpecker image and write the word woodpecker on the finished coloring page.
Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter W
1. Present the Letter W Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Letter W words: This page and matching mini book can be used as part of Letter W program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related W words.
Discuss other letter W words (soft g sound) 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 W 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 W posters and coloring pages or make a letter W classroom book. For related images visit: Letter W Printable Materials.
*Finger and Pencil Tracing:
Trace letter W'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 W's: Have the children find all the letter W'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 W's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
Letter W Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The four word search game features a woodpecker and letter W words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a woodpecker behind the page or print a woodpecker coloring image 1 or 2 image.
2. Drawing and writing paper Encourage children to draw and color a woodpecker and write letter W w. Share some images of real woodpeckers to inspire the children.
Crafts > DLTK's Printable Woodpecker Craft
This printable craft showcases a pileated woodpecker, and it is assembled using a toilet paper tube.
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