Students will love being able to see their numbers and letters up close! These sturdy, colorful beads can be strung on thread or sorted into trays just like the photo above. Use the beads to teach number and letter recognition using visual and tactile approaches. Like blogger Marsha states, the beads aren’t simply beads, because “the bead IS the letter”!
Blogger Marsha published her post on July 12, 2013. The post is entitled, “Beads Glorious Beads!!!” Check out the full blog post here!
As the post shows, the Manuscript Letter beads come in two formats: Lowercase and Uppercase.
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The Manuscript Letters can be used for a variety of projects or in educational lesson plans. Great for introducing letter and number recognition, the Manuscript Letters and Math Beads come in a variety of bright and fun colors that students will love to work with.
String up the letters to make bracelets or necklaces! Tie a knot in between each new threaded letter to keep them from bunching up, or use pony beads to separate the letters when spelling multiple words.
Use the letters for Bingo games! Play a variation of Bingo called Lingo (Letter + Bingo)! Draw a 4 x 4 square grid and write a random selection of letters on it. Distribute the graph cards among students and provide a handful of letters for the students to use. When a random letter is called out, students must search through their letter supply to find the correct letter. The first person to call out Bingo must have a row of 4 letters with corresponding letter beads!
One of Marsha’s activities involved separating a handful of letter beads into consonants and vowels or lowercase from uppercase. To really increase students’ letter comprehension, you can ask them to make words from the jumbled uppercase or lowercase letters!
Marsha even designed a lovely little cubby area to store all the letters inside. You can customize the storage area to hold letters as well as numbers or to differentiate between upper and lowercase letters.
Thanks to Marsha for this insightful post!
Images and original post © Differentiated Kindergarten.
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