Use an alphabet slideshow to teach letters and letter sounds. Not only do students love seeing things on the big board, but teachers love no prep lessons! A win-win!
Using PowerPoint slideshows or Google Slideshows worked great in kindergarten. While we loved doing as much hands on activities as we could, we also wanted to use technology in our class in a useful way. We did this by using Alphabet Slideshow for kindergarten. See our sample lesson below to see exactly how we incorporated Alphabet Slideshows.
26 Alphabet Slideshows
We offer 26 amazing alphabet slideshows, one for every letter of the alphabet! Each alphabet slideshow can be used in PowerPoint or Google Slideshow. Each one has 8 slides of REAL pictures that start with the focus letter. The slideshows end with a rainbow writing page, so students can begin to learn how to form each letter.
Sample lesson including the rainbow writing sheets
- First read an alphabet book to go over all the letters in the alphabet. See some examples below of our favorite alphabet books to read to kindergartners.
- After reading the whole book, turn back to the page of the letter you are working on that day. Next go over the letter name and sound and talk about how the picture on that page begins with that sound. (Ex. This letter is A, the sound A makes is /a/, alligator starts with a, /a/ /a/ /a/alligator.) Then have students repeat.
- At this time, show the alphabet slideshow and go over the title, (What Words Begin With Aa?). Then show each slide saying each picture emphasizing the first sound and having students repeat you. /a/ /a/ /a/ apple.
- When you get to the last slide with the rainbow writing page, first go over the pictures around the letters, again emphasizing the first sound. Next show them how to write the letter. You can do this with a white board pen if you are using an interactive white board, or use a dry erase marker, or use your finger. First show them how to form the capital letter. Then have them hold their pointer finger up in front of them, and trace the letter in the air. Repeat with the lowercase letter.
- If you are using our Alphabet Animals Rainbow Writing page or any handwriting page, pass that out now for students to practice. Read our blog post, What is Rainbow Writing? if you want specific instructions on how to teach the rainbow writing page.
- When you are wrapping up the lesson, bring students back together to review the letter name and sound. Maybe even show a fun video about that letter. Our two favorites were Storybots and Jack Hartmann. Click on the pictures below to be taken to the Letter Aa videos.