Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Now I Know My ABC's

The next section in the Primary Pizzazz book deals with different writing skill units.  The first skill discussed is recognizing and writing letters.  Now, in first grade, we don't spend a whole lot of time on this - usually our firsties come to us knowing most (if not all) of their letters.  But it did get me thinking about how I can incorporate more alphabet review and practice into our day. 

One of the ways is to read ABC books.  I started looking into these and found that there were so many fun and interesting ABC books out there.  I'm trying to do more thematic teaching this year, so I began looking for ABC books that would go along with each theme I want to teach.  You wouldn't believe some of the cool ABC books I found:

For a family theme:

For Fall:
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic - Fun Fall Books for Kids

For a transportation unit:
H Is for Honk!; A Transportation Alphabet (A+ Books: Alphabet Fun)
For an ocean/pirate theme:

For our "Trip Across the USA" theme:

There are sooooo many options, I was really surprised.  I think these would be a good way to incorporate some nonfiction reading into our themes too (great for Common Core)!

I have to say that my favorite ABC books for later in the year are:

These really get the kids thinking and are a lot of fun.  I'm seeing a lot of ABC class books being made in our room this year!

So, what are your favorite ABC books?  Any that I need to rush out and get?


  1. I think you have one of Jerry Pallota's books above; I L-O-V-E his alphabet books. A classical fave of mine is the great Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom...but a more non-traditional fave is "I Stink!" about a trash-truck. On one of the pages, the garbage truck "eats" through the alphabet. My kids last year just loved that book!
    I would be very honored if you would stop by my brand-new blog and tell me what you would think! Thanks for the inspiration on using an ABC picture book unit! Great idea:)

  2. I love "Shiver Me Letters". We have a pirate theme in my classroom & I love to use that at the beginning of the year. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. You've shared an excellent list! I'm your newest follower :-)