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The Toy Alphabet

School: Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Poster: General

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Kindergarten students at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy in Rochester NY created this Toy Alphabet poster as part of an expedition titled “Toys Over Time.” The poster was presented to the pre-kindergarten class as part of their service-learning project.

To create this poster, students worked with their art teacher to develop their individual drawings and used her feedback to improve multiple drafts of their work. Students also used the praise, suggestion and question protocol and the suggestions from this protocol motivated students to produce high-quality drawings.

This project was devised as a method to meet a student achievement goal that students in the kindergarten class recognize all letters and produce their sounds. Students were also assessed on their ability to identify and use geometric shapes, color recognition and using size and space on paper. 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • An engaging way to learn the alphabet
  • An example that young students can produce high quality illustrations through peer and adult critique and feedback
  • Putting the individual drawings together in a high-quality poster is affirming for students
  • The poster is easily reproducible and is a useful classroom resource

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can show how words are organized and used in a text.
  • I can use grammar conventions to send a clear message to a reader or listener.
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