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LetterDrop is a game that focuses on the alphabetic principle. Students are asked to find specific capital and lowercase letters by catching them in a bucket.

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Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Alphabetic Principles

What? The ability to recognize letters based on their name is a fundamental skill that impacts many areas of literacy such as language acquisition, phonological awareness, and phonics. More...Less

Getting students to recognize their capital and lowercase letters at a young age is crucial for literacy success.

When? Children's’ should develop knowledge of letter names in preschool. More...Less

When students know the names of letters, they can then learn the sounds that they make and start reading words. Alphabetic principle is a strong predictor of success in reading.

How to teach: Teach the names of letters explicitly and in isolation. More...Less

Teachers can start by introducing a couple of consonants and a couple of vowels at a time in a logical way. Students need an opportunity to practice identifying the letters and their names.

Play to learn: In LetterDrop, students identify each letter by using the left and right arrow keys to catch falling letters. More...Less

Bonus points are awarded for speed and accuracy, as well as for catching healthy, mouse-friendly snacks. If students miss the correct letter or catch the wrong letter, cat paws, mouse traps, or poison; they will lose points!

Teaching Tip: LetterDrop’s audio component is perfect for English Language Learners (ELLs). More...Less

As students catch falling letters they will hear the letter said aloud. This game tallies high scores, so teachers can use it to build healthy competition. Teachers can assign this game during literacy centers or for spelling homework.

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