Here is an example of multiple ways to teach number sense.
Here is a fun idea for letter recognition. Use plastic fishing worms for students to practice making alphabet letters with. They can even work on making their names or saying the letter sound. You can even make sight words!
Have students sort letters using different font types and sizes under the correct column.
To teach students name recognition/how to write their name, have a card with their picture and name and then during center time they can use letter tiles to re-create their name. Another thing I would do is write the student's name on an index card and then do it again but cut the letters apart on the second card. I would put it in a ziploc and they would pull out their name puzzle and put it together over the intact index card.
Have a word maker center or tub so students can work on vocabulary or sight words. For younger students or ELL students, it helps to have a picture to match with the word.
Think about having a poetry area in your classroom. It is important to expose your students to all kinds of text--not just books! Maps, magazines, charts, poems, dictionaries, etc. I always put a picture dictionary in my writing center so my students could look up words when writing.
Here are some great links!
Achieve the Core
Key Principles of a Differentiated Classroom
Building Academic Vocabulary
Loving and Learning in 2nd and 3rd
The Lexile Framework for Reading
Kinder Alphabet (formerly Kid's Reading Activities)
Teach a Child to Read
Book Buddies/Reading Buddies
Reading Horizons (webinars)
Mrs. Jump's Class
Engage New York-Common Core Resources
Kinder Gals-Kim Adsit
Children of the Code
File Folder Farm
Effective Teachers of Literacy
Teaching Successes with ELLs
Ladybug's Teacher Files
Celebrities Read Picture Books Aloud
Stepping into First Grade
Official DIBELS from Dynamic Measurement Group
Fairy Dust Teaching
The Reading and Writing Project
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