July 31, 2015
By Rekha Mundkur

Lesson plan

Tracing Letters

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Students will be able to identify and trace letters of the alphabet in the correct format.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today, they will be learning about tracing letters of the alphabet.
  • Show them the sheet protectors holding the red and blue lined manuscript sheets.
  • Tell them that they will be using markers to trace the letters.
(15 minutes)
  • Pin the sheet protector on an easel and show your students how to trace each letter.
  • Make sure that each letter has arrows and corresponding number to show the order of tracing each letter.
  • Bring this order to the attention of the students and remind them to follow the directions of the arrows and the numbers in ascending order.
  • Trace all the letters.
  • Show them how to erase and fix any error they might make while tracing.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask a few students to come to the easel and try to trace a letter by following your directions.
  • Assist them in tracing the letters.
  • Help them to fix any errors they might make.
  • Ensure that they follow the order of arrows and numbers while tracing the letters.
(10 minutes)
  • Once a few students have tried tracing letters and the others have taken a look how it works, your students might want to try it on their own.
  • Make sure that you have enough sets made ahead of time before you start the lesson.
  • Send each student back to their work area with a sheet, dry erase marker, and eraser.
  • Once they start working on their own, walk around to observe and assist them when need arises.
  • As they work on their own, ensure that they are following the order of numbers and direction of arrows.
  • EnrichmentFor advanced students, you may want to have them trace words or even short sentences.
  • SupportFor students who need help to do this activity, focus on a few letters at a time. Use only letters with straight lines at one time. Use letters with curved lines at another time.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe as the students work on their own.
  • Take notes as you observe to see if the activity is being done easily or the students are having difficulty.
  • Check to see if you need to increase or decrease the level of difficulty depending on your students' behaviour.
(5 minutes)
  • At the end of the activity, call the students together in one group for discussion.
  • Ask questions to see if the students remembered your directions about following the arrows and the numbers while tracing.

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