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Learning Letter Formation

Posted on : 25-08-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : The Alphabet

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Classroom Applications:

1.  Whole Class Instruction:  Use the first two websites to share correct upper case and lower case letter formation with your students.  Have students practice forming a letter on paper at their desks.  Then have the animated pencil show how to form that letter so students can check their work.

Individual Practice:  Teachers with interactive whiteboards can have their students write a letter in virtual ink and then click on the letter on the screen to see if the animated pencil’s letter matches their formation.

2.  Individual Practice:  The third website can be used by students on individual computers or by individual students with an interactive whiteboard.  Have a student practice forming each letter kinesthetically by tracing the marble’s path with their finger on the computer screen.  If using an interactive whiteboard, the student can trace the marble’s path with their finger and then use virtual ink to write the letter they traced.writing-repeater-screen-shot

3.  Individual Practice:  The final website is an amazing virtual manipulative for students to use to practice letter formation.  A student can write letters and words using their mouse on individual computers and then play back what they have written.  This site works particularly well with interactive whiteboards since students have more control over letter formation via a pen or their finger.

A teacher could also previously record a letter being written for a student to watch before forming their own letter.

Comments (1)

Thank you much for this useful post.