Letter Aa

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Letter Aa Activities

The "Letter of the Week" for this week is "A a" as in "April's apron" and "Adam astronaut." Here are some activities you can do with your child at home to reinforce the concepts and experiences presented in school.

1. Letter Recognition: Go on an "A a" letter hunt. Look for "A a" in a newspaper or magazine. Circle each one found or cut them out and glue them on a piece of paper.

2. Play a listening game: Pronounce each word clearly and have your child listen for the long "a" sound you hear at the beginning of the word "apron."

   April, head, outfit, ace, apricot, Amy, pie, angel,
   able, black, nest, ate, aviator, ape, lion, acorn...

3. Play another listening game: Pronounce each word clearly and have your child listen for the short "a" sound you hear at the beginning of the word "apple."

   astronaut, parrot, Adam, Abby, glove, candy, absent, absorb,
   aster, atom, cardinal, atlas, avenue, tiger, average, ax, acrobat

4. Play a Word Guessing Game: All of your child's answers should begin with the short "A a" sound you hear at the beginning of the word "apple."

a. I go into outer space and wear a space suit. I am an _____. (astronaut)
b. One who performs in a circus on the trapeze is called an ____. (acrobat)
c. This is a fruit that is red and grows on a tree. _____ (apple)
d. This is what is left in the fireplace after the fire goes out.______ (ashes)
e. A book with maps of different countries in it is called an _____. (atlas)

5. Look for apples in the produce section of your grocery store. How many colors do apples come in? (red, yellow and green) If possible, buy one of each kind and do a taste test at home. Which one do you like best?

6. Sing this song: "The Letter Aa Song"   Tune: London Bridge
I am learning letter Aa, letter Aa, letter Aa
I am learning letter Aa, a, a, a, a. (Make the short a sound)

Let your child help think of new verses to add:
Aa begins the alphabet...
Apple starts with letter Aa...

7. Show your child how to make "A a" this way:

A = Make 2 sliding boards from top to bottom and cross it from left to right
a = Make a circle and put a straight line on the right side of the circle

Songs and Poems

* The Short Aa Song
Tune: London Bridge
written by Mrs. Jones
Sing Along to this song.

Apple starts with letter Aa,
Letter Aa, letter Aa.
Apple starts with letter Aa,
A - A - A - A
(Make the short Aa sound)

Alligator starts with letter Aa...
Acrobat starts with letter Aa...
Astronaut starts with letter Aa...
Alphabet starts with letter Aa...
Animals start with letter Aa...

* Sing Hurray for A! - Song
A Song About The Long Aa Sound
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
written by Mrs. Jones
Click here to sing along to music.

Let's sing hurray for Aa.
Let's sing hurray for Aa.
Let's sing hurray for Aa today.
Let's sing hurray for Aa.

Apron starts with Aa.
Apron starts with Aa.
Let's sing hurray for Aa today.
Apron starts with Aa.

Acorn starts with Aa...
Alien starts with Aa...
Angel starts with Aa...
Ape begins with Aa...
Let's sing hurray for Aa...

* Action Rhyme
Way up high in the apple tree
(stretch both arms above your head, hands open)
Two little apples smiled at me
(keep arms above head, close hands into fists)
I shook that tree as hard as I could
(keep arms above head, "shake" tree)
Down came the apples
(bring fists down)
Mmmm, they were good!
(rub stomach)

* The Monkeys and the Alligator - Fingerplay
5 little monkeys
Swinging in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
"Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Alligator
Quiet as can be (whisper this part loudly)

4 little monkeys... 3 little monkeys... 2 little monkeys... 1 little monkey
No more monkeys swinging in the tree!

* All Around The Apple Tree - Song
Tune: Mulberry Bush

Here we go round the apple tree,
The apple tree, the apple tree
Here we go around the apple tree
On a frosty morning.

This is the way
- we climb the ladder...
- pick the apples...
- wash the apples...
- peel the apples...
- cook the apples...
- eat the apples...
On a frosty morning!

* Red Apple - Poem
A little red apple
Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
"Come down, please," I called
And what do you suppose---
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!

* Five Red Apples - Poem
Five red apples in a grocery store
Bobby bought one and then there were 4
Four red apples on an apple tree
Susie ate one and then there were 3
Three red apples. What did Alice do?
Why she ate one and then there were 2
Two red apples ripening in the sun
Tommy ate one and now there was one
One red apple and now we are done
I ate the last one and now there are none!

* Ten Red Apples - Fingerplay
Here I have five apples. (hold up five fingers on right hand)
And here are five again. (hold up both hands)
How many apples altogether?
Why, five and five makes ten.

* Eat an Apple - Fingerplay
Eat an apple; (Bring right hand to mouth)
Save the core. (Close right hand in fist)
Plant the seeds. (Bend down touch hand to ground)
And grow some more. (Extend both arms out)

* Picking Apples - Song
Tune: Frere Jacque

Picking apples
Picking apples
One by one
One by one
Put them in a basket
Put them in a basket
Oh, what fun!
Oh, what fun!

* Ten Red Apples - Fingerplay
(Both hands high) Ten red apples grow on a tree
(Dangle one hand and then the other) Five for you and five for me.
(Shake body) Let us shake the tree just so
(Hands fall) And ten red apples will fall below
(Count each finger) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

* A Little Apple Seed - Song
Tune: Eensy, Weensy Spider

Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground
Down came the raindrops, falling all around.
Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!

* Apples Are Falling
(Use appropriate motions for actions.)
Tune: Are You Sleeping?

Apples are falling, apples are falling
From the tree, from the tree.
Pick up all the apples, pick up all the apples,
One, two, three; one, two, three.

* I'm a Little Airplane
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little airplane
(children raise arms from sides to shoulder height)
Watch me fly!
(Spin one arm in front as if a propeller)
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high
(With their other arm, they reach from the ground to above their heads)
First I get all revved up
(Make engine-like noises while still spinning their arms)
Then I can fly (Raise arms to shoulder height)
Lifting off the runway (start walking forward)
Up into the sky! (Go up on their tiptoes and continue to move forward.
Let them circle awhile before returning to their original positions.)

* Ants - Poem
Ants, ants,
Rushing here,
Rushing there.
Carrying treasures
To their nest,
Never stopping
For a rest.
Ants, ants
Here and there,
Hurrying and scurrying

* When the Ants Go Marching In - Song
Oh when the ants
Go marching in
Oh when the ants go marching in
How I want to be in that number
When the ants go marching in

*Miss Anna
Tune: B-I-N-G-O
Lois Thompson

Miss Anna has an allergy.
She often has to sneeze-o
/a/ /a/ /a/ /a/ choo
/a/ /a/ /a/ /a/ choo
/a/ /a/ /a/ /a/ choo
She often has to sneeze-o!

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