Upper and lower case letters in the salt tray

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My pre-k class has made some wonderful progress on their letter recognition and writing this year and one way we explore the writing of our upper and lower case letters is through this simple salt tray activity…

I already shared this salt tray before but to expand on the idea a bit, we added two squares of paper in each tray and invited our prek students to use one square for the upper case letter and one square for the lower case letter…

The paper that is in each tray is just regular construction paper. I did not laminate this paper because it makes the surface too slippery for the salt to separate clearly when the children are writing.  It works better on the plain paper.  We have used thesesame sheets of construction paper for many weeks now…

I set out cut-up sentence strips with upper and lower case letters on them.  The children simply choose a letter then print the upper case letter on one side of the salt tray and the lower case letter on the other side of the salt tray.  This is a very simple process and my pre-k students are very, very good at it…

Then they shake the tray to erase the letter and start again with a new letter…

After they are done, they pour the salt back into the box and at the end of the day I stack the salt box, scoop, and trays up until the next week. We have the salt trays out every Wednesday during our morning center time…

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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