Spelling well is very important in order to write properly. English as a foreign language is quite complicated when it comes to spelling. For those learners who speak a Latin language as mother tongue (I’m one), it can be very confusing. For us, what you say in English doesn’t really match what you have to write.
2nd grade of Primary is when we start focusing on spelling. Therefore, I planned some lessons to learn the alphabet so my pupils would be able to recognise the names of the letters in English.
We start the lessons watching these 2 short videos as an introduction to what we are going to deal with:
Right after, we play the “Alphabet hunt” game using some flashcards. You hide the flashcards around the classroom or playground and as the pupils find them, we display them in order on the board. I use these flashcards:
Once we have the alphabet displayed on the board, we need to learn the name of each letter. The best way is to learn them through a song. I found this one that my pupils loved! I really wanted to avoid using the typical boring alphabet chant, so when I found this dance music version I thought YES!:
To start using the alphabet in context, there are some cool online games that can be played. The whole class can play together or you can organise them in small groups in which they can compete among themselves.
As a creative activity, we make our CRAZY ALPHABET. Each child is given a letter of the alphabet and they have to transform it into something else while still keeping the shape of the letter:
We decorated the classroom with our CRAZY ALPHABET – it looks fabulous! Besides, you can film each child saying the name of the letter that he/she created and join them all to have the whole alphabet said by them. We did it and they felt very proud with the result 😀
It is also a good option to watch SUPER WHY! episodes since everything is based on the alphabet. If you have time you can watch one in class, otherwise you can upload one in the class blog so they can watch it at home. This is the one we watched in class:
Ever since my pupils learned the alphabet in English, they ask me to play Hangman. So whenever we have some minutes left, we play using the vocabulary we are dealing with at that moment.
I hope this lesson plan will be useful for you 😀