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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
There’s lots of ways that you can take your kindergarten space theme across all academic areas. In math, you can have students count planets and talk about the compound shape properties of satellites. In literacy, they can describe the colors of different worlds and tell stories of alien lifeforms. At a foundational level, you can adapt any of your alphabet order activities to have a space theme, and these cute alphabet sequence clip cards will keep your students engaged with their fun pictures and challenges.
The Importance of Alphabetical Order
Your kindergarten year is mainly spent finding different ways of learning the alphabet. This ranges from letter formation practice to matching letters with the different sounds they make as they move away from sight words to being able to sound out words. Part of this process is being able to put letters in the right alphabet sequence. This skill allows them to utilize resources organized by alphabetical order such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as giving them more practice identifying and creating all 26 letters. These fun space themed alphabet printables are a great way to have your students work on learning the alphabet independently.
Preparing Space Alphabet Sequence Cards
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Extension Alphabet Sequence Activities
Your students will quickly get the hang of these alphabet printables. They have to study the 4 letters in the stars and be able to identify if they are in the right alphabetical order or not. They can either use a marker to circle the thumbs up or thumbs down symbol, or use a wooden peg to clip their answer. You can turn this into a self-checking activity by putting a sticker to show the correct answer on the flipside. Once they’ve mastered this skill, try some of these extension alphabet sequence activities:
Fix the wrong answers – a simple activity for students who have got all the cards correct is to have them sort the deck into two piles; one with cards that show the correct alphabetical order and ones where they are out of sequence. They then have to take the incorrect pile and write out the four letters, putting them in the correct order,
Make your own with missing letters – for those students who need more of a challenge, you can create a blank template by covering up the letters in the stars before making copies. This will allow you to make alphabet sequence challenges where you give them four non-sequential letters to identify (e.g. asking them if A – E – I – O are in order). This will push their understanding of the entire alphabet and to help them find other strategies for alphabetical order than just singing the song in their head.
Create a challenge for a partner – a classic extension activity across all curriculum areas is for students to create their own version of the worksheet for a partner. This requires students to truly understand the task and to know the right answer ahead of time.
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There are 12 activities for each letter:
1) Alphabet Draw The Scene – Trace the upper and lowercase letters then imagine and draw the rest of the scene. For example, draw what the astronaut sees in space.
2) Letter Detective – Find and color in the boxes with the letter shown.
3) Cut, Sort and Stick –Differentiate upper and lowercase letter and sort them into the correct column.
4) Alphabet Puzzle Fun Sheets – No prep combination worksheets. Trace the letter, find the letter, draw something that begins with the letter and 4-piece puzzles to form the letter.
5) Alphabet Beginning Sounds Coloring Pages – Each letter coloring page comes with at least 6 objects.
6) Dot The Letter – These can be used with dot markers or dot stickers.
7) Q Tip Letters – Use a cotton bud to paint the letter.
8) Alphabet Handwriting – Correct letter writing technique is shown with space to trace upper and lowercase letters.
9) Letter Mazes – Identify the letters correctly to find the end of the maze.
10) Alphabet Playdough Mats – Fine motor strengthening activity to form the letters.
11) Alphabet Punch Cards – Letters are on the edge of the page for single hole punching or using with clips.
12) Alphabet Beginning Sound Clip Cards – 8 different sets included. Match the letter to the object (2 sets each for upper and lowercase) and match the object to the letter (2 sets each for upper and lowercase).
Books About Space That We Love:
Other Free Space theme Printables:
1) Space Theme Letter Mazes – A space theme always goes down well with kindergarteners. It’s even better when you can tie in literacy centers to your theme, and this alphabet maze pack is a great way of helping students master their lowercase and uppercase letter recognition skills while experiencing the thrills of outer space.
2) Space Subtraction Clip Cards– If you’re looking for a kindergarten space theme activity that combines subtraction with fine motor skills, then you’ll love this free printable! With the recent spaceship launch to the International Space Station, the alignment of the planets to form the ‘Christmas star’ and all the space themed Lego sets my son received for his birthday, this space subtraction math center is an obvious favorite.
3) Space Vowel Sorting – Kids will love this simple space-themed vowel sorting activity. Which planet does the object belong on? Sound it out loud for some out of this world fun!
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