Alphabet Associations – Kindergarten

Kindergarten at Fishtown Recreation Center added to the previously created Alphabet pages. This group has already learned all their letters during their Kindergarten year and will be entering 1st grade this fall. Word association was much more successful and easier for them (even though it’s never too early to start and try!). We built upon our lesson by completing all the pages with at least one drawing, but many letter pages have SEVERAL drawings! The great thing about this lesson is some kids can’t get enough! They come up with a word and want to just draw it immediately. They even had time to add color to create full page art.

Project Title: Alphabet Association Pictures
Description: Students will practice their letters, name a word that begins with that letter, and draw a picture of the object/animal/thing on the letter’s page.
Author: Dayna Ensminger
Grade level or Target Age Range: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

Historical Art Examples or References: Various typography, word association books (i.e. “A is for Art Museum” by Friedland and Shoemaker – a book based on the Philadelphia Museum of Art), manuscript illuminations
Vocabulary: Alphabet, draw, imagine
Materials: Pre-made letter pages, pencils, crayons

Demo/Directions:
1. Review the alphabet.
2. Ask students to name words that begin with the letter you’re focusing on. i.e. A for Apple, B for Ball, C for Cat, etc
3. After you go through each letter, have students choose their favorite letter and draw something that starts with that letter.
4. Pass and swap the letter pages until all pages are filled up!
5. Display your class alphabet for all to see!

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