Kindergarten RTI: Letter Identification & Recognition

Since letter recognition and identification is a key building block to reading readiness, it became my mission to figure out a way to manage my time and resources so that I could provide the most intensive 30 minutes of letter recognition and identification I possibly could! This RTI resource is perfect for students who struggle with recognizing and identifying letters, and for teachers who need a time-saving solution! Kindergarten and first grade teachers, you MUST check this out!

So, how scary is RTI to everyone?  Or, is that just me?!  I don’t know what it was about RTI, but it has always terrified me.   What was I supposed to do?  Was I doing it right?  Was I serving the right kids?  And, FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, is it Response to Instruction or Intervention?!?!?  Seriously, it boggled my mind for at least the first two years I taught, and even crept into the first year I taught first grade.  Well, now that I’m part of Team RTI at our school, it was pretty much mandatory that I hop on the RTI boat and ride those intervention waves like it is my dang job.  Well, it is my dang job, so AHOY! I started pulling a kindergarten group last week, made up entirely of English Language Learners.  Let me just tell you a little bit about them: A)  They stole my heart within the first .5 seconds of meeting them.  So. Dang. SWEET. B) Three out of five speak very little English.  No bueno. C) Most of them thought an ‘A’ was a F…or G…or Q…or anything but an A.  This just made me want to love on them a little more!  No, really, it made me so EXCITED to teach them…if only for 30 minutes a day!  {Sidenote: I could *totally* see myself going back to K someday!  I didn’t realize how much I miss it!!!!} 001 Here’s how our typical RTI block goes right now:

  • Introduce our daily objective via an I can… statement.  {~1 minute)


  • I start off singing and pointing to the alphabet 1-2 times.  Only two kiddos semi-know it.  {~2 minutes)
  • I display an alphabet mat for our focus letter(s).  I’ve slid it into a plastic sleeve, and we do various activities with it as a whole group (i.e. trace it with a dry-erase marker, shape play-doh into As, find the As in the words, sort tactile letters onto it, etc.).  {~5-7 min}


  • Next, I pass out individual activity mats.  Each mat is different, but focuses on letter identification and recognition.  All of them are kept in plastic sleeves for durability purposes.  You could laminate them.  But there’s a lot less fuss when you just slide them into a plastic sleeve.  And a lot less static laminate tagging around on your clothes.  Depending on the kiddo, they usually get to work on 1-2 mats during this time (~10 minutes).  This is a good time for me to observe and instruct individual students.

007  009010  011 We spend the last part of our time together working on other activities TBBAS (to be blogged about soon) or a very speedy assessment.  I give each pumpkin a notebook where they (or I) can record what we’re working on.  This helps me keep data on them, too.  At the end of our work on the focus letter, I give them a little half-sheet assessment that I paste into their notebooks.  The bottom half of the page is used for a variety of purposes.  Here, you see the student dabbed the letter B and gave me three words that began with B.  012 I will probably spend a lot of this week telling you about different activities that we do, so I’ll be back on Wednesday with some new activities, strategies, and freebies! In the mean time, if you’d like to snag a copy of my Kindergarten RTI: Letter Recognition & Identification, click the pic below: CoverPic Have a great week, all!  I’m off to watch Luke Bryan shake it for me, now!!!!!  😉

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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