Are you looking for letter Ww activities to use with your preschooler or kindergartner? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher browsing for more ideas.
Research tells us that a direct, explicit approach to teaching the alphabet is more effective than indirect teaching. Enjoy the crafts, art ideas, and book list, but know that using a scripted routine like the one below is the most efficient way to teach letters and sounds. Make it your own!
How to introduce letter Ww
- Say words that begin with Ww: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /w/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Worm. Wet. Watermelon. Wish. Well. What sound do you hear at the beginning of each word? The sound is /w/.
- Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /w/. Now you try. What are your lips doing when you say /w/? Put your hand on your throat as you say /w/. Is it a quiet or noisy sound? (noisy)
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter W card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter W. When we see this card, we say “W spells /w/.” Your turn. (Students: “W spells /w/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter W
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter W, we start at the top, and slant down, up, down, up. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a W in the sky. I start at the top. Then I slant down, up, down, up. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top. Slant down, up, down, up.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make a W by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top. Slant down, up, down, up. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “W spells /w/.” Remember to underline the W when you say /w/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter w
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter w, we start in the middle, and slant down, up, down, up. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a w in the sky. I start in the middle. Then I slant down, up, down, up. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start in the middle. Slant down, up, down, up.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make a w by moving your finger on the table. Start in the middle. Slant down, up, down, up. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “w spells /w/.” Remember to underline the w when you say /w/. (Practice multiple times.)
Other letter Ww activities
W is for Whale (dot sticker page)
Little Letter W Book (rhymes & songs)
Water Science Experiments (printable prediction pages)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
- Letter hunt & find worksheets
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Thanks alot ma’am for sharing your ideas. These ideas really for preschoolers. I appreciate you for providing us such an innovative methods of fun way teaching.
You’re very welcome, Sanjana!
Appreciate all the options you provided! I teach PreK refugee kids once a month and have been struggling to find a good source for ideas. This was awesome!
I’m so glad you’re finding ideas here for your teaching, Julia!
These are all good for ESL learners. Thank you very much. You have helped a lot of teachers.
You’re very welcome, Maria!
Thank you a million times for all the information you provide to help me with my toddlers and preschoolers.
A very grateful child care provider.
So glad to help you out, Laura! I really appreciate the comment. 🙂