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My first graders are really starting to take flight with their reading and writing, but I’ve noticed lately that some of my kiddos still haven’t quite made it over that tricky B/D and P/Q “hump”.
Because I’m somewhat obsessed with centers, I whipped up this quick and easy letter identification / beginning sounds activity!

Getting it Ready

To get this center ready, I simply printed it out the pages onto cardstock and laminated them!  Then, I cut each piece apart and threw it in a gallon Ziploc baggie.
I store all of my centers in baggies and then I write the main skill on the outside of the bag in sharpie.  It’s an easy and affordable system that works for me.  When I’m tutoring, planning small group lessons, or even just re-stocking my whole-class centers, it’s SO EASY to just flip through my pre-made centers for a few supporting activities to go along with whatever we are learning!

The Activity

Since I created this activity for a few select students in my first grade class, I introduced it in my Guided Reading groups as a part of my word work/warm-up to reading.  I laid out each of the letter cards first (b, d, p, and q) and asked my kiddos what they noticed about the letters.
We talked about what letters they are, but also how tricky and confusing they can be since they all look similar!
Next, I spread out all of the picture cards and explained that we were going to practice saying words, thinking about what letter they would start with, and work together to complete our activity!  I also reminded my students to refer back to our beloved ABC chart as needed!
I gave each student a few cards and then we went around the table letting each student have their turn.  I prompted them to practice saying the word slowly, checking the ABC chart, and then deciding which letter to place the card under.
After using this activity with my students who really needed it, I showed it to the whole class under our document camera and added it to our class stash of word work choices!  My kiddos who struggle with reversals could then be the experts and help show it to other students who hadn’t tried it out yet! 

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When you’re done downloading, hop over to some of these awesome blogs for more penguin activities!  They are sure to bring more fun into your classroom or home!


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Penguin Labeling Printable // Letters of Literacy

Penguin Number Words // My Creative Inclusion

Feeding the Sight Word Penguin // Play & Learn Every Day

Penguin Pre-Writing Tracing Cards // Modern Preschool

Baby Penguin Alphabet Letter Matching // Fun with Mama

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Penguin Ice Races // Still Playing School

Penguin Rhyming Game // Sara J Creations

How Do I Feel Emotions Chart // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Penguin Syllable Sort Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do

Penguin Addition Problem // Recipe for Teaching

Penguin 10 Frame Worksheet // Schooling a Monkey

Penguin Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory

Penguin Dice Addition Game // Adventures of Adam

Also, check out my Pinterest board full of January activities!

Thanks for stopping by and happy teaching!

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