The Alligators, Adventurers, Agents, Owls, Zebras, and Giraffes started this year working on the alphabet train. With rhythm sticks, students made the “click clack” sound of the train coming. I placed a letter on the train and moved it along the carpet, singing a song:
“Click, clack, click, clack,
look who’s coming, down the line,
look who’s coming, right on time,
it’s the ‘(letter)’ train.”
Students helped line the letters in alphabet order and they each took turns moving the train down the carpet. Depending on the student, they named the next letter by singing the song or knew what was next by looking at the previous letter. Then they had to find it amongst the remaining letters; some students needed some assistance. For some students, I placed the letter on the train and they named the letter.
This week, the train had stopped at all the letter stations and finally arrived with the entire alphabet. Whooo! Our excitement for trains and letters of a few weeks were celebrated with a naming of all the letters and then singing the alphabet song. Thank you to music to help us with our ABC’s!
P.S. My “train” looks like a dump truck with a bed on its back, so students called it a “train dump truck.” It’s bed was helpful in successfully carrying the letters.