21st Century Integration Model


Title: Letter Building
Subject: Language Arts
Grade Level: K through 2
See Tux Paint Alphabet, an example
of student project.

Lesson Summary

This lesson involves using manipulatives as a medium to allow students to become familiar with the shapes of the different letters of the alphabet. It uses string, popcorn, pretzels and other common objects to allow students to practice making different letters. To add a technical skill to this lesson, have students practice making their letters on the computer through a free software program called Learn Letters, which is designed to help students recognize letters, remember their shapes, and construct them from pre-selected shapes. Learn Letters also requires that students study the shapes of the letters to assemble them much like a puzzle. After the students are fully familiar with how the shapes are constructed, take the lesson up a notch by allowing them to practice writing free-form letters on the computer using the free drawing software called Tux Paint. Each of these programs promotes beginning computer skills and they are easy to use by young students.

Original Lesson Plan

Original Objectives

Students will examine and practice forming letters of the alphabet using a variety of media.

21st Century Skills Integration Objective(s)

Students will demonstrate collaboration skills by working with partners. Students will apply ICT Literacy skills when using Learn Letters and Tux Paint.

Procedure

  1. Make sure that Learn Letters and Tux Paint are downloaded onto all student computers.
  2. Once you have allowed students to practice making the different shapes with various media, allow them to work in pairs on computers to play the Learning Letters game.
  3. Have students play each level of the game a few times before proceeding to the next level.
  4. When students have finished Learning Letters with their partners, move students to individual computers, if possible. Have them open Tux Paint and show them the basics of picking colors, selecting drawing tools, and how to erase.
  5. Now let the students practice drawing their own letters. Have them practice drawing each letter nice and big on the screen, then erase it and go on to the next one.
  6. By the end of the class, have each student draw the entire alphabet on the screen, print it out and hand it in.

Assessment

Student Tux Paint print-outs - To evaluate the student print-outs, focus not on the neatness but on the basic understanding of letter construction.