So that I could get a handle on where my new students were, I always liked to do some fun assessing of my first graders the first week of school.
With that in mind I designed Alpha Bird. Students choose from a variety of colored pattern pieces and glue them to their paper plate bird body.
When everyone has completed "Alfie" play "I Spy" by calling out a letter. Students find and trace both the upper and lowercase letter.
When they have done so, they raise their hand, so that you know
everyone is done. With just a glance, you can see who is struggling.
Call on a child to choose the next letter. Play 'til all of the letters
have been traced.
Alfie offers a simple, quick and interesting way to whole group assess, while providing a nice review of upper and lowercase letters.
The birds also make a stunning hallway wall border. Simply tie a yarn
loop at the top and suspend from the ceiling.
Caption: "We know our letters and that's something to TWEET about!"