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Reading Activities A to Z gives teachers and parents a detailed lesson plan format of open-ended, age-appropriate reading activities for young children ages one and up. The activities are easy-to- understand and follow for children and adults alike. Each section helps teachers and parents find activities to support a theme-based curriculum, to incorporate a letter of the week, or to provide a spur-of-the-moment filler idea. Many activity choices are given for each targeted alphabet letter. The author makes certain that teachers, parents and children will enjoy the activities as they explore unique reading focused activities.

Joanne Matricardi, Joanne Matricardi has a B.A. in Psych. and social work, an M.Ed. in ECE and an Ed.S.

Joanne Matricardi is an early childhood instructor and preschool director with a B.A. in psychology and social work, an M.Ed. in early childhood education and an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction. She has 25 years¿ experience teaching young children. She has been recognized as 2000 Teacher of the Year at Maxwell High School and as part of Teachers as Leaders in 1999 in the Gwinnett County Public School System.

Jeanne McLarty,

Jeanne McLarty is a preschool teacher with 16 years of teaching experience and five years¿ experience as a preschool director. She is a member of numerous associations dedicated to childhood education, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Helpful hints give tried-and-true suggestions to make the art experience easier and more enjoyable
  • Supply list and family letter show that most items are inexpensive and easy to acquire, and that parent participation is encouraged
  • Theme-specific index makes it easy-to-find activities to accompany units
  • Lesson plan format provides detailed plans in an easy-to-read, organized format
  • The variety of choices within each alphabet letter helps a teacher complete a year�s worth of art activities
  • The alphabetical organization of the activities encourages teachers and parents to reinforce targeted letters
  • Age appropriateness of the activities helps educators in planning based on the children�s ages
Helpful Hints
Family Letter
Section A
Air Writing
Alphabet Children
Alligator Alphabet Puzzle
Ants Go Marching Through the Alphabet
Section B
Bag Stories
Board Games
Book Buddies
Building Sentences
Section C
Class Books
Classmate Bingo
Color Words
Cook Books
Section D
Dictionary (Make your own)
Dolch Words
Dominoes for Reading
Domino Stories
Section E
Egg Word Creations
Ending Sounds
Everlasting Puffy Paint Sight Words
Section F
Family Stories
Finger Plays
Flannel Board Stories
Folder Games
Section G
Goldilocks’ Position Words
Group Stories
Growing Up Picture Strip
Section H
Half Match
Headband of Letters and Pictures
High Frequency Words
Section I
Initial Consonants
Section J
Jars of Words and Objects
Jigsaw Puzzle
Job Dictation
Section K
Key Words
Keyboard Match
Kite Visual Discrimination
Section L
Label Match
Letter Bag
Letter Walk
License Plate
Section M
Magnetic Word Match – cookie sheet
Mini Books
Mirror Writing
Section N
Newspaper Letter Hunt
Number Word Recognition
Nursery Rhyme Activities
Section O
Obstacle Word or Letter Search
Oral Expression
Outdoor Writing
Section P
Parent Book
Phonic Collage
Poetry Corner
Portfolio of Stories
Predicting an Outcome
Section Q
Queen’s Crown
Questions and Answers
Quilt of Words
Section R
Rebus Books
Recognizing Familiar Sounds
Retelling a Story with Props
Section S
Sequencing a Story
Board
Singing and Reading
Spelling Names
Section T
Tracing Letters
Trademark Match
Traveling Pet
Section U
Umbrella Story Starter
Underwater Letter Match
Unusual Letter Sounds
Uppercase Match
Section V
Vehicle Word Match
Vocabulary Builders
Vowel Song
Section W
What Happened Today?
Window Writing
Word Families
Word Search
Wordless Picture Books
Section X
X-Ray Vision
Xylophone Sequencing
Section Y
Yarn Words
Yo-Yo Family Stories
Section Z
Zany Letter People
Zipper Bag Story Sequencing
Zoo Adventures
Index of Reading and Pre-Reading Skills