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Monday, January 12, 2015

Letter of the Week for X



Let's talk the letter X for a moment, shall we?

Because we all know, it is not the most utilized letter in the alphabet.  In fact, sometimes, this poor letter seems to be downright ignored.  But you can't blame folks.

I mean, X usually gets put at the end of words, or somewhere in the middle.  So finding activities to work with it can be tricky.  This is EXACTLY why Glimmercat Education decided to offer a packet full of ideas and activities for free.

Not only do we have crafts related to the letter X (an X-ray craft, an xylophone, the ever popular X-ray fish, and creating your very own boX), but we also include a fun Dot-to-Dot, an "X marks the spot" color by letter treasure map, and lesson plans if you wish to try these activities out in a Letter of the Week styled program.


We also recommend some lovely picture books, "Christina Katerina and the Box" by Patricia Lee Gauch and "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis.


But enough talk!  Let's explore some of the pages we include in this fun pdf packet that is downloadable for free right here:






 We try to introduce every one of our new letters with a picture that tells a story to illustrate the sound.  This is our introductory letter card that tells the story for X:



With this picture, we introduce the letter X, the sound of X and X-rays all at the same time!

We pretend that our friendly character Glimmercat discovers an X-Ray machine and when the machine takes her X-ray (Xxxx!) she here's the X sound (Xxxx!).  Of course, it is super important to put a lot of fun emphasis on the Xxxx! when you say it.

Then, we explore the letter X through flash cards, or this fun Matching Game...






 


And with this X-citing introduction to a variety of words containing the letter X, we can begin some of the delightful letter X crafts, like the Xylophone.











 When we first released this post, the top image looked like this: 


















But we upgraded a few things for the packet.  This is our new Xylophone Craft:



So although, I love the Xylophone Craft that we did before, using popsicle sticks and colored foam, you can't exactly print it out.  I'm still going to leave these photos here, because I think if you can do this craft with the foam, it was a lot of fun for my kiddos.


It was a great craft for discussing colors, different sizes, "longest" and "shortest", and putting things in order, small to large.


  Especially after they watched this video of this little girl rocking out on her xylophone like a boss:



Isn't that awesome?

So, for the classic X-ray craft, last time we traced little hands on wax paper and then used hot glue to recreate the "bones".  I wielded the glue gun, but after the glue cooled, the kids were able to peel their "bones" right off and then glue it to the black paper.





I still love the idea above, and would recommend it, but for an easily printable classroom craft, we created a unique and fun X-ray Craft, here:


Now, you can use a photo of your child, like I did here:



Or your child can draw in the face and then add the small Q-tip pieces and the little heart.

Then, there was our X-ray fish that we made last time using glue and food dye to color their insides.   


Here was the problem we ran into with this one:  it took so long for the glue to dry in the air-tight baggy that it was a tricky craft to complete in one day.  Which isn't always practical.  But they turned out so cool!


The "bones" were just white foam cutouts (like the foam squares we used in the xylophone, but white instead.  We tucked our fishy bones inside the sealing plastic bag, too.

 
The finished product, with googly eyes was very fun and the kids were very happy with their X-ray Tetra fish. So, I figured, maybe we could create something similar as a printable.  Here's what we made:


Since it is just paper, we didn't add colored glue to the inside of the baggies.  We glued the fishy skeleton inside the baggie, and added the other parts to the outside with glue.



And we discovered such a fun book for our Reading Literacy Page!  Now, the letter X being what it is, there aren't a whole lot of children's books that begin with X.  But, there are some useful words that include x in them, and so we made the most of the word "Box" and focused on the X at the end of the word.  And thinking in this direction, we snagged this amazing book called "Christina Katerina and the Box".



This is the story we utilized for our Reading Literacy activity:




AND for our last craft, my son created a Box of his own with our printable Box and decorated it all himself.




Because that's what boxes are really for, as every child knows, especially Christina Katerina.


For a lot more X activities, both printables, reading literacy activities, flash cards and a Letter X Matching Game, all FREE FOR DOWNLOAD head over to our teacher store here



For the other alphabet letter of the week packets, we offer the following blog links with crafts included:

Letter of the Week for A

Letter of the Week for B

Letter of the Week for C

Letter of the Week for D

Letter of the Week for E  

Letter of the Week for F

Letter of the Week for G

Letter of the Week for H

Letter of the Week for I

Letter of the Week for J

Letter of the Week for K

Letter of the Week for L

Letter of the Week for M

Letter of the Week for N

Letter of the Week for O

Letter of the Week for P

Letter of the Week for Q

Letter of the Week for R

Letter of the Week for S


Letter of the Week for T

Letter of the Week for U

Letter of the Week for V

Letter of the Week for W

Letter of the Week for X


Letter of the Week for Z

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks Awesome

Anonymous said...

Did you use a particular recipe for the glue and food coloring? Using this experiment for our second grade science class and would like more details. Please email me details. :-) Thank you. jessicavan00@hotmail.com

Christina Morrison said...

I will send you an email about this, too, but for others who are curious: I used about a tablespoon of Elmers type glue with about one drop of food coloring. Then, I'd recommend not sealing the baggie (unless that is part of the science experiment). To help ours dry, I finally unsealed the top of the bag. It still took several hours more. :)

Christina Morrison said...

Thank you so much! We try to offer awesome freebies. :)