Letter identification is a skill that we work on all year long! Because it’s a skill that we practice a lot, I know how important it is to have plenty of activities and approaches for my students to master this skill. I never want it to become boring! Today I’m sharing free Frog Letter Matching Cards and the various ways you can use them for letter activities. These letter cards are a great addition to your literacy centers, small group, or interventions.
Frog Letter Activities
- Uppercase letters A-Z on lily pads
- Lowercase letters a-z on frogs
Print the uppercase and lowercase letter cards. I recommend printing on card stock and laminating for long-lasting durability.
Ideas for Use:
Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Match
The first and most common way to use these cards for letter activities is to match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters.
I love to introduce activities like this as though my students are going to bring each frog to their own lily pad. This adds in a sense of imagination to a simple activity intended to build their letter foundation. Set out all or just some of the letter cards.
*Tip: For students who are struggling to learn their letters, set out a small group of letters that include the letters they know and only a few (1-3 depending on the student) letters they are working on learning. This will allow them to practice letters they’ve already mastered and make them feel successful. It’s important not to overwhelm students who are still learning this skill with too many letters.
After the cards are set out, students will look for the uppercase and lowercase letter matches. The uppercase letters are displayed on lily pads, while the lowercase letters are shown on the frogs.
After all cards are matched, students should go back and read each letter for practice. I also encourage early finishers to practice again, seeing how quickly and accurately they can match the cards while saying the letter names.
Uppercase and Lowercase Memory Match
Do you remember the age-old Memory game you used to play as a kid?
Well, why not bring it back into your classroom! Memory card games have many benefits for young children, including developing concentration or short-term memory, increasing attention to details, and training their visual memory.
To use these cards as a memory game, choose the letters you would like your students to work on. If you are using most or all of the cards, I recommend making 2 piles, one for uppercase letters and one for lowercase letters. Mix them up and place them face down.
Students take turns flipping over 2 cards. They should also say the letter names of the cards they flip over to reinforce letter identification practice. If they are a match, the student keeps the cards. If the letters are not a match, they flip the cards back over, keeping them in the same place.
Play until all cards have been matched. At the end of the game, reinforce letter identification again by having students read their letter cards.
Your kids will love this one! It can be played with teacher direction or as a partner game for student-led fun.
Set out the letter cards that you want your students to practice. They should be face up for this activity. To play, you need to first determine who the “caller” will be and who the “smasher” will be. If you want this to be teacher directed, you would be the caller. If students are playing this in pairs, one student would be the person calling out the letters and one person would be the “smasher.”
The “caller” says a letter out loud. The “smasher” uses their hand or a fun tool (I’ll get to that in a minute) to tap the letter card quickly.
Some ideas for “smasher” tools are: fly swatters (you can get these at the dollar store), play dough, or any other kind of wand you might have available. For example, I have these star wands that students use for various pointing or activities where they have to find and identify something.
If your students need a challenge, set out a mix of uppercase and lowercase cards. Make sure the person calling out the letters specifies whether the person finding the cards should “smash” an uppercase letter or a lowercase letter.
Grab Your Copy
I hope that you and your students enjoy these frog letter activities! You can grab your Frog Upper and Lowercase Letter Cards by clicking the yellow button at the bottom of this post.
Then, for more spring-themed learning, hop over and grab our Spring CVC Puzzles!
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