with a sample word list!
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.
- Foundational Skills
- Alphabetic Principles
Getting students to recognize their capital and lowercase letters at a young age is crucial for literacy success.
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.
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.
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!
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.